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April 10, 2014

8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival Presents: No One Knows About Persian Cats

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Speaker: Niloofar Ziae

Performance by: TBA

About No One Knows About Persian Cats

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS is the fifth feature by award-winning director Bahman Ghobadi (A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, TURTLES CAN FLY), winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival. Co-written by imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film is an indictment of cultural repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene, a powerful cinematic foreshadowing of current protest movements, and a celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom.

Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the City’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands. 

About the Speaker:

Niloofar Ziae

Niloo has long been an advocate for free expression in her native Tehran. As a young artist in 1980s post-revolutionary Iran, her home was as an underground sanctuary for musicians, poets, playwrights, and artists with no other space to create openly. She has served as head art teacher for Tehran’s Academy of Art and Literature, working with Aydin Aghdashloo and Ghazaleh Alizahe. In 1998, she moved to US to study at the Graduate School of Utah State University. After finishing her studies, she was hired as Gallery Coordinator in Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Utah.

In the past, Niloo has used abstract expressionism to explore her inner states and emotions. More recently however, her paintings have included more and more figurative elements. Driven by a sense of urgency to document the rapid architectural and environmental changes currently undergoing in Tehran, her paintings have taken on more “objective” sensitivity. By using dynamic landscape and architectural compositions, her paintings strive to document the
architectural and environmental changes cities undergo and to communicate the sense of loss – and the excitement and possibilities – that accompany these changes.

She was one of the four participating artists in AIC’s original series Muslim Women in Arts Exhibition. Niloo’s latest work connects the architecture of her home country to the American cities where she has lived, from Utah to Massachusetts. Learn more at Niloo’s website: www.niloofarziae.com.

About the Boston Muslim Film Festival 

The American Islamic Congress is hosting its 8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival from March 25th to April 11th. Our festival provides a fresh perspective into the complexity of the Muslim Community. Open dialogue on unspoken issues and tackling stereotypes surrounding the Muslim Identity is the aim for the series of films AIC has selected this year. The movies will address social issues such as American Muslim Identity, sexual harassment, Interfaith collaborations, revolutions, genocide, generation gaps, censorship, and many more—visually complementing the striking theme of this year’s film festival—“Contrast in Depth.”

 

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities.

Cost: $10 Regular, $5 Students Light refreshments will be served

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This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Start: April 10, 2014 6:00 pm
End: April 10, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: AIC Boston Center
Phone: (617)-266-0080
Address:
38 Newbury St, Suite 702, Boston, MA, 02116, United States
Cost: $10 Regular, $5 Students

April 9, 2014

The 8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival Presents: Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

 Speakers: TBA

About Wajma 

It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begin a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. After Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and word of their dalliance gets out. Her father must decide between his culturally held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter.

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) offers us a more complex and nuanced portrait of contemporary dating and the role of women in middle-class Afghanistan than we’ve been permitted to see before onscreen. Wajma Bahar’s dynamic intensity in the title role is matched by the powerful work of Hadji Gul as her foreboding but conflicted father. Beginning his story as an intimate romance, filmmaker Barmak Akram shifts the focus to the volatility in Wajma’s home after her secret is divulged, ultimately revealing an Afghan family just as capable of cruelty—and forgiveness—as any in the world.


About the Boston Muslim Film Festival 

The American Islamic Congress is hosting its 8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival from March 25th to April 11th. Our festival provides a fresh perspective into the complexity of the Muslim Community. Open dialogue on unspoken issues and tackling stereotypes surrounding the Muslim Identity is the aim for the series of films AIC has selected this year. The movies will address social issues such as American Muslim Identity, sexual harassment, Interfaith collaborations, revolutions, genocide, generation gaps, censorship, and many more—visually complementing the striking theme of this year’s film festival—“Contrast in Depth.”

 

This event is organized in partnership with Boston University’s American Institute of Afghanistan Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities. Thank you.

RSVP TODAY!

FREE and Open to the Public Light refreshments will be served

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This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Start: April 9, 2014 6:30 pm
End: April 9, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: Boston University, Room TBA
Phone: (617)-266-0080
Address:
One Silber Way , Boston, MA, 02215, United States
Cost: Free

April 8, 2014

8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival Presents: The Square

The Square

 Speakers: TBA

 About The Square: 

Director Jehane Noujaim has created an impressively immersive documentary that takes us through the heart of the Egyptian Revolution following the intense emotional drama of young people on the streets of Cairo. As two governments topple, the personal stories of the freedom fighters unfold in an inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship.

The film has had a brilliant run, winning the audience awards at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as appearing on the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary.

 About the Boston Muslim Film Festival 

The American Islamic Congress is hosting its 8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival from March 25th to April 11th. Our festival provides a fresh perspective into the complexity of the Muslim Community. Open dialogue on unspoken issues and tackling stereotypes surrounding the Muslim Identity is the aim for the series of films AIC has selected this year. The movies will address social issues such as American Muslim Identity, sexual harassment, Interfaith collaborations, revolutions, genocide, generation gaps, censorship, and many more—visually complementing the striking theme of this year’s film festival—“Contrast in Depth.”

RSVP TODAY!

FREE and Open to the Public Light refreshments will be served

This event is organized in partnership with MIT’s Women and Gender in the Middle East.

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This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Start: April 8, 2014 7:00 pm
End: April 8, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: MIT, Room 6-120
Phone: (617)-266-0080
Address:
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 01239, United States
Cost: Free

April 7, 2014

8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival: Back to Bosnia

Back to Bosnia

Speaker: TBA

About Back to Bosnia:

Back to Bosnia is a documentary film about a family who returns to post-war Bosnia, in order to reclaim their stolen property. While there, the family is confronted with the destruction of their city and forced to examine the community they left behind. They stumble upon an exhumation, visit the sites of war crimes, and seek out the remnants of a city they once called their own. What was formerly the booming multi-ethnic city of Banja Luka is now a run-down, depressed shadow of its former self. Poverty is rampant, war criminals rule, new generations are ignorant of the past, and the symbols of war and hatred are everywhere. The Dayton Peace Agreement was signed but there is no peace. There is only tension caused by fear, hatred, anger, and the utter confusion over who is to blame.

The story follows Sabina Vajraca as she probes into the history of the war and her own family’s involvement. Accompanied by a small film crew, she embarks on a path of discovery, guided by the stories of her parents and those they meet along the way.

Her father, Emir, was a prominent businessman in his community. When the war started in 1992, he sent his family to safety, but he stayed behind, determined to fight the Serb occupation. He joined a local humanitarian organization, and spent the next three years organizing convoys which brought much needed food and medicine to the people of Northwestern Bosnia. He negotiated the release of prisoners from nearby concentration camps and recorded testimonies of survivors who sought refuge in Banja Luka. Emir wrote down detailed accounts of their stories, including the names of victims and their murderers, hand-drawn maps of criminal locations, descriptions of the executions and their resulting mass graves. When the war was over, Emir joined his family in America, and put these papers and stories aside, determined never speak of them again.

Last summer, all of those stories unexpectedly came back to life.

Shot in the style of cinema verité, and interlaced with archival footage and interviews with war survivors, this compelling film opens the door on the intimate lives of people coping with the fresh scars of war – the results of systematic slaughter, starvation, familial loss, bombings, murder, and psychological terror inflicted upon them.

During the war, the region of Northern Bosnia was largely hidden from the media eye. While most of the world focused on the televised horrors of Sarajevo, Gorazde and Srebrenica, the crimes being committed in the city of Banja Luka and the surrounding area went largely unnoticed. This film is a window into the harsh reality of what actually happened there.

About the Boston Muslim Film Festival 

The American Islamic Congress is hosting its 8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival from March 25th to April 11th. Our festival provides a fresh perspective into the complexity of the Muslim Community. Open dialogue on unspoken issues and tackling stereotypes surrounding the Muslim Identity is the aim for the series of films AIC has selected this year. The movies will address social issues such as American Muslim Identity, sexual harassment, Interfaith collaborations, revolutions, genocide, generation gaps, censorship, and many more—visually complementing the striking theme of this year’s film festival—“Contrast in Depth.” 

 

RSVP TODAY!

Cost: $10 Regular, $5 Students Light refreshments will be served

 Print

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Start: April 7, 2014 6:00 pm
End: April 7, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: AIC Boston Center
Phone: (617)-266-0080
Address:
38 Newbury St, Suite 702, Boston, MA, 02116, United States
Cost: $10 Regular, $5 Students

November 13, 2013

Project Nur: Minority Rights and Pluralism in Islam

Project Nur Hobart and William Smith chapter will hold a human rights lecture on “Minority Rights and Pluralism in Islam,” featuring guest speaker Engy Abdelkader. Abdelkader is a Huffington Post writer, award-winning attorney and cutting-edge legal scholar.

November 13, 2013, 5:30pm
Location: TBD
Advanced registration not required
Free Indian dinner will be served. 

Start: November 13, 2013 5:30 pm
End: November 13, 2013 7:00 pm

Project Nur: Feminists Perspectives: Women in the Muslim Community

Project Nur at University of North Texas and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will host a panel discussion that will include topics such as the history of feminism in the Middle East, major areas for feminist work in the region, as well as the similarities and differences between secular/Western feminism and feminism within the Muslim community.

November 13, 2013, 2pm
The Forum at the Willis Library
1506 Highland Avenue, Willis Library
Denton, TX 76203
Advanced registration not required

Panelists include:
Dr. Sandra Spencer
Dr. Nada Shabout
Dr. Sadaf Munshi
Ms. Raquel Evita Saraswati

Moderators and hosts include:
Dr. Clark Pomerleau
Ms. Christy Medrano
Mr. Hussain Fadwani

The first half of the panel will be dedicated to the panelists’ personal experiences and academic knowledge about women and gender in the Muslim community. The latter half of the panel will be a Q&A session open to all audience members.

Start: November 13, 2013 2:00 pm
End: November 13, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: The Forum at the Willis Library
Address:
1506 Highland Avenue, Willis Library, Denton, TX, 76203, United States

April 24, 2013

Science and Islam: Religious Orthodoxy and Battle for Rationality

Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality

DATE/TIME
Wed., April 24
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

LOCATION

GWU Elliott School of International Affairs

7th Floor, City View Room

1957 E St NW, Washington D.C.

Please join AIC and Project Nur, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, for the third event in a groundbreaking series exploring the intersections and divergences of faith and reason in “Science and Islam.” Dialogues, held at college campuses across the country, address issues like creation, evolution and extraterrestrial life. A panel of prominent Muslim scientists, along with students and other audience members, explore Muslim perspectives on science and discusses how Muslim Americans grapple with some of today’s scientific advancements.

 

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy
is professor of nuclear and high energy physics, and teaches at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.
Over a period of 25 years, Dr. Hoodbhoy created and anchored a series of television programs that dissected the problems of Pakistan’s education system, and two other series that aimed at bringing scientific concepts to ordinary members of the public. He is the author of “Islam and Science – Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality”, now in 8 languages. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. Also in 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists.

 

Moderator

Dr. Muhammad H. Faghfoory is professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University where he teaches courses on Islam, Sufism, Islamic Art and Spirituality, Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Islamic Political thought, and Shi‘ite Islam and other related courses.

He received his Master’s degrees in history and Middle East studies from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree and a PhD in political science and Middle East studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at the University of Tehran and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-Los Angeles, Islamic Manuscripts Specialist at Princeton University, and at the Library of Congress, and adjunct professor of Middle East History at Mary-Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Faghfoory has written, translated, and edited nine books, numerous book chapters, articles, and book reviews. His works have been published by the State University of New York Press, University Press of America, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Muslim World, International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, and the International Journal of Shi@‘i Studies. He has lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and participated in interfaith dialogue organized by American media. His most recent work is a long monograph on “War and Peace in Shi‘ite Islam,” a project sponsored by Peace Research Institute of Norway and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Currently, he is working on a book on Clergy-State Relations in Iran: 1979—present.

 

Panelists

Dr. Asad Q. Ahmed is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to holding this appointment, he was the Harper Schmidt Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and a distinguished Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  Dr. Ahmed received his BA with the highest honors from Yale University in 2000.  His undergraduate work focused on western philosophy and literature, in which fields he received distinctions from the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Literature at Yale University.

He received his PhD with distinction from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, in 2007.  Dr. Ahmed specializes in early Islamic social history and Islamic intellectual history, with a special focus on the rationalist sciences.  He is the author of the following books: “The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz” (Oxford, 2011), “Avicenna’s Deliverance:  Logic” (Oxford, 2011), and “The Islamic Scholarly Tradition” (Brill, 2010).

He has also published numerous articles in the fields of Islamic rationalism, including philosophy, logic, and theology, in international journals and collected volumes.  Dr. Ahmed currently chairs the Mellon Seminars called “Graeco-Arabic Rationalism in Islamic Transmitted Sciences: The Post-Classical Period” and is the editor-in-chief of the “Oxford Series in Post-Classical Islamic Intellectual History” (OUP).  He is also co-editor of the prestigious international journal of Islamic Studies, called “Oriens”, and editor for the Qur’an and Early Islam sections of “The Marginalia Review.”  He is the recipient of numerous distinguished fellowships and awards, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.  He works with twelve research languages, including Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syriac, and Latin.

 

Dr. Omar Sultan Haque is a psychologist, physician, and philosopher, and is an Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University in the laboratory of Steven Pinker, and in the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School supervised by Harold Bursztajn.  He is a co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit.  His research investigates empirical as well as normative questions at the intersections of psychology, medicine, religion, and philosophy.

His research and training has been supported by a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, and the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at Oxford University.

Dr. Haque’s research and ideas have been covered by and appeared in a number of media venues, including the Atlantic Monthly, BBC, Boston Globe, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, NPR, Scientific American, Washington Post, and Wired Magazine.

Start: April 24, 2013 6:00 pm
End: April 24, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: GW Elliott School of International Affairs
Address:
1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC, 20052, United States
Cost: Free

April 19, 2013

PRSSA Joint Mixer

PRSSA Joint Mixer

Friday, April 19, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AIC Center

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

This Public Relations Student Society of America mixer, organized by the George Mason University Communication Department & the GMU branch of PRSSA, offers students interested in public relations an afternoon of networking opportunities, speakers, and intellectual conversation. RSVP here.

Start: April 19, 2013 8:00 am
End: April 19, 2013 5:00 pm
Venue: AIC Center - D.C.
Phone: 1-202-595-3160
Address:
1140 Connecticut St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Cost: Free

April 9, 2013

Boston Muslim Film Festival: David

David 

Directed by Joel Fendelman

David

Date: April 9, 2013

Time: 6:30p.m.

Location: AIC Center

38 Newbury Street, Suite 702

Boston, MA  02116

Film Description: “David” tells the story of Daud, an eleven year old religious Muslim boy growing up in Brooklyn. Concealing his Muslim identity, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who through a haphazard sequence of events mistake him for being Jewish and accept him as one of their own. A genuine bond of friendship is formed between Daud and Yoav, on of the Jewish boys; Daud experiences a sense of freedom, joy, and camaraderie that he has never felt before, and for a brief time enjoys being a carefree eleven year old Brooklyn boy. When the Jewish boys discover Daud’s true identity, Daud’s world is shattered and he is left alone, struggling to come to terms with his place in the world. RSVP here.

 

Start: April 9, 2013 6:30 pm
End: April 9, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: AIC Center - Boston
Phone: 1-617-266-0080
Address:
38 Newbury St., Suite 702, Boston, MA, 02116, United States
Cost: Free

April 4, 2013

Boston Muslim Film Festival: I am Gay and Muslim

I am Gay and Muslim

Directed by: Chris Belloni

Date: April 4, 2013

Time: 6:30p.m.

Location: Brandeis University

Olin Sang American Civilization Center, Room 101

Film Description: The film ‘I AM GAY AND MUSLIM’ focuses on the subject of gay rights in the Islamic world. This intimate documentary follows a number of young gay Moroccan men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. Triggered by the current political situation in which homosexuality and the Islam seem irreconcilable, director Chris Belloni spent the major part of 2011 traveling in Morocco to interview gay Muslims. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. RSVP here.

Other Film Screenings:

David on April 9th at AIC Center Boston at 6:30pm

 

Start: April 4, 2013 6:30 pm
End: April 4, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Brandeis University
Address:
415 South Street, Waltham, MA, 02453, United States
Cost: Free