Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | The Seventh Art Stand
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The Seventh Art Stand

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About This Project

The Seventh Art Stand is a nation-wide series of film screenings and discussions. An act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, the Stand will take place in May 2017, with over 30 locations in 18 states confirmed.

Tuesday, May 9 @ 6pm – Sonita preceded by short Karama Has No Walls – click here for tickets

A panel discussion following the film will be include the following members:

  • Darlene May, Ph.D. – Teaching Professor in Arabic, Wake Forest University
  • Hamdy Radwan and Aladin Ebraheem – Annoor Islamic Center, Clemmons, NC
  • Truman Dunn, retired Moravian minister and board member of Interfaith Winston-Salem
  • Moderator – Joshua Canzona – PhD candidate in religious studies at Georgetown University and an adjunct instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Sonita – If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?

Wednesday, May 10 @ 6pm – Salam Neighbor preceded by short Karama Has No Walls – click here for tickets

Salam Neighbor – Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

A panel discussion following the film will be include the following members:

  • Z. Obiedat, Ph.D. -Associate Professor of Arabic. Wake Forest University;
  • Hamdy Radwan – Annoor Islamic Center, Clemmons, NC
  • Jerry McLeese – founder and board member of Interfaith Winston-Salem; co-founder of Compassionate Winston-Salem
  • Kel Billings – community volunteer who been assisting refugees for nearly 5 years, most recently in Jordan and Lesvos.
  • Moderator – Joshua Canzona – PhD candidate in religious studies at Georgetown University and an adjunct instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Karama Has No Walls (short) – ‘Karama has no walls’ is set amidst Yemen’s 2011 uprising. The film illustrates the nature of the Yemeni revolution in stark contrast to the gross violations of human rights that took place on Friday, March 18th 2011. Juma’at El-Karama (Friday of Dignity) marks a turning point in the Yemeni revolution as the tragic events that took place on this day -when pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protestors – shook the nation and propelled hundreds of thousands more to flock to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded.