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Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti-immigrant sentiments are nothing new, but at this political and cultural moment, they have reached a dangerous fever pitch. How do we work against this hateful rhetoric? Film has the power to connect people to one another's stories and generate empathy in a powerful way. In the spring 2018, Mizna will bring independent Arab cinema to six Minnesota college campuses and the neighborhoods they call home. At each location, we will screen one selection from the best of our previous festivals, covering a range of forms, nationalities, and subjects.

All students, neighborhood residents, and Minnesotans are welcome to engage with these authentic narratives by contemporary Arab filmmakers. Deepening connections across community and campus, these screenings will be held at Macalester College , Hamline University, St. Catherine University, Concordia University, Metropolitan State University, and the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University. Some screenings TBD will be followed by a post-screening discussion engaging audiences with local Arab and Muslim thinkers and creatives, delving into the aesthetics and critical topics brought up by the film.

> Jan 26 at Macalester College, James B. Davis Hall
Those Who Remain by Eliane Raheb, Lebanon/UAE

> Feb 8 at Concordia University, Beutow Memorial Music Center
Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon/France

> Feb 23 at Hamline University, Sundin Hall
As I Open My Eyes by Leila Bouzid, Tunisia/France/UAE

> Mar 9 at St. Catherine University, Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium
Mariam by Faiza Ambah, Saudi Arabia/France

> Mar 23 at Metro State, Film Space
The Preacher by Magdi Ahmed Ali, Egypt

> Special two-day culmination April 14-15 at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Pellegrene Auditorium
As I Open My Eyes by Leila Bouzid, Tunisia/France/UAE
Detroit Unleaded by Rola Nashef, USA (filmmaker present)
The Wanted 18 by Amer Shomali, Palestine
Those Who Remain by Eliane Raheb, Lebanon/UAE
Short experimental films by Andrea Shaker, USA (CSB/SJU professor)

This project is made possible by the Knight Foundation.
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Mizna is a Twin Cities non-profit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture. We publish the literary journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and offer varied other readings, performances, art projects, and community events involving an exceptionally talented and diverse range of local, national, and international Arab American artists.

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