2019, Ahmed Mansour, USA. 83 min.
STREAMING 10/16 - 24 hrs. only
- Fri, Oct 16th 8:00pm
In the culturally diverse neighborhood of New York’s Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Palestinian immigrant Khadar El-Yateem, a Lutheran pastor, mounts a political campaign aimed at becoming the first Arab American elected to the New York City council. Director Mansour follows the charismatic, passionately committed candidate through contentious weeks of energetic grassroots contact with voters and potential voters. Enjoying the community-wide support of Christians and Muslims alike, he faces the challenge that out of an estimated 40,000 Arab Americans in his district, only 400 are registered to vote, many kept away by the language barrier, or fear and intimidation in the post-911 climate. This inspiring but bittersweet saga becomes a rousing fight for change, with El-Yateem aided in strategies by the dynamic Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour. Preceded by IN VITRO (2019, Søren Lind and Larissa Sansour, Denmark/UK/Palestine, 28 min.) In English and Arabic with English subtitles. (BS)
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