American Arab

American Arab
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Usama Alshaibi | Language: English | Length: 60 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2013 | Rating: NR, some strong language

In Kartemquin’s American Arab, Iraqi-born Director Usama Alshaibi takes a provocative look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America, weaving his own life’s journey and “coming-of-Arab” experiences into the life stories of several diverse characters. Exploring the values, passions, and hopes of his fellow Arab-Americans, Usama tries to make peace with his conflicted chosen homeland.

Arab-Americans are not one monolithic group, but rather a diverse and complex array of many voices and cultures. This film weaves sadness and humor, anger and satire, provocation and understanding, embracing the multifaceted Arab American experience of post 9/11 America. By shedding light and giving clarity to a recent and difficult time for Arabs living in the US, American Arab shows how the struggles over identity within this documentary are universal.

American Arab is a project of Kartemquin’s first Diversity Fellowship, sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Ford Foundation. For more information, see the film’s website: https://www.kartemquin.com/films/american-arab

This film is available to colleges, schools, and libraries through the Cinema Guild, click here for more information.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.7, WH.H.8, AH2.H.7, AH2.H.8, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)

Families of Afghanistan

Families of Afghanistan
Genre:
Family, Documentary | Director: Eleanor Marquisee | Language: English | Length: 25 minutes | Country: Afghanistan | Year: 2010 | Rating: NR

Award winning and highly acclaimed Families of the World Series documents how children and their families live in each country. Families of the World takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each program focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family attraction, communities, schools and homes of two families (one urban and the other rural) — from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. We are introduced to a child who helps narrate his or her activities.

Watch the online trailer here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 1.C.1.1, 2.C.1.1, 3.C.1.1

Families of Egypt

Families of Egypt
Genre:
Family, Documentary | Director: Eleanor Marquisee | Language: English | Length: 25-35 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: N/A | Rating: NR

Award winning and highly acclaimed Families of the World Series documents how children and their families live in each country. Families of the World takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each program focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family attraction, communities, schools and homes of two families (one urban and the other rural) — from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. We are introduced to a child who helps narrate his or her activities.

Watch the online trailer here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 1.C.1.1, 2.C.1.1, 3.C.1.1