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2010-2019

American East (2007)

Directed by Hesham Issawi. Cast: Erick Avari, Tony Shalhoub, Ray Wise. A timely, poignant drama about Arab Americans living in post-9/11 Los Angeles, examining long-held misunderstandings about Arabic and Islamic culture. After the attacks, an Egyptian-born entrepreneur faces the daily challenges of an Arab Muslim living in Los Angeles who hopes to open a restaurant with his Jewish best friend. As Mustafa is met with friction for this unlikely plan, several other stories of adversity in the Arab-American community unfold around him. 111 min.

Amreeka (USA / Canada, 2009)

Directed by Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler, Yussef Abu Warda. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois. 105 min.

Ararat (2002)

Directed by Atom Egoyan. Cast: David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Marie-Josee Croze, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinee Khanjian, Elias Koteas, Christopher Plummer. Edward, a veteran filmmaker of Armenian descent, is in Toronto shooting a film about the Siege of Van, which lead to the genocide of over a million Armenian people at the hands of Turkish troops. Raffi has been sent to Turkey to shoot background footage for the film. Raffi's mother Ani, an author and historian, is also involved in the project as a consultant.

Blue Valentine (2010)

Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel. An honest, moving and uninhibited love story. The uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
NC-17Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content.

From Prada to Nada (2010)

Directed by Angel Gracia. Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, Adriana Barraza. A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I am Not Your Negro (2016)

Directed by Raoul Peck. Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.

Mildred Pierce (TV, 2011)

Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, James LeGros, Melissa Leo, Brían F. O'Byrne, Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood. An intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years and struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life, including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon and ex-husband Bert Pierce. Based on the novel by James M. Cain.

Mooz-lum (2010)

Directed by Qasim "Q" Basir. Cast: Evan Ross, Danny Glover, Nia Long, Dorian Missick. Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Muslim-American Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family, and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Help (2011)

Directed by Tate Taylor. Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, BryceDallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson,Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, AhnaO'Reilly, Mary Steenburgen.

The Infidel (UK, 2010)

Directed by Josh Appignanesi. Cast: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi, Igal Naor, Amit Shah. Meet Mahmud Nasir, loving husband, doting father, and something of a relaxed Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is a true Muslim. After his mother's death, Mahmud finds his birth certificate, which reveals that he was adopted at birth and he's Jewish, with the real name of Solly Shimshillewitz!

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