The Seventh Art Stand is a rapid response initiative
which utilizes film to bridge communities and
create new inroads for civil rights discussion.
Initially inspired by the Philando Castile ruling in Minnesota, but continuously relevant, the focus centers around films that empower African-Americans, celebrate successful leaders, and offer historical context that leads to the continued unjust treatment of communities of color.
As a response to the travel ban, this initiative kicked off The Seventh Art Stand in February 2017, with the goal of highlighting Muslim American filmmakers and building understanding between communities about the unique plight of Muslims in the United States, as well as abroad.
Copwatch is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability. Director Camilla Hall profiles several We Copwatch members, including Kevin Moore, who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal Staten Island arrest in the devastating video that has galvanized protestors and activists nationwide. And yet Orta is the only person involved in these incidents who has seen the inside of a jail cell. In her powerful directorial debut, Hall crafts an intriguing and incredibly timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists who are seeking to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence.
Q&As to be announced.
Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland. CITY OF GHOSTS, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, takes a hard-hitting, ground-level look at atrocities in a part of the world that may seem foreign to many viewers, but whose impact will be no less devastating.
Special guests: Two journalists from Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently will attend the opening Sept. 28 screening at 6pm. Join us for a post-screening talk with one of the founders of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently Abdalaziz Alhamza and Walaa Altahaan. See Alhamza’s The New York Times‘ opinion piece here.
Produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, NY and Maysles Cinema
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The Arab American National Museum in partnership with the Henry Ford Centennial Library is pleased to screen the short documentary, Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World. The film follows students at a New York City summer program for youth seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents the experiences and stories from the children themselves as they share stories of escaping war and conflict and the life-changing decision to resettle in America.
Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with director Renée Silverman via Skype.