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5/1/2011
When: 5/1/2011
1:00 PM
Where: Board Room
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, Chinese Community Center  77036
Contact: Debbie Chen
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Sunday, May 1, 2011 1pm to 4:00pm
BBQ MUSLIMS/DEATH THREAT/FREDS BURQA/RANDOM CHECK by Zarqa Nawaz | 1pm
BUI DOI: LIFE LIKE DUST by Ahrin Mishan, Nick Rothenberg | 1:45pm
FILIPINO AMERICANS: DISCOVERING THEIR PAST FOR THE FUTURE by John Wehman | 2:20pm
AMERICAN SONS by Steven Okazaki | 3:30pm


Sunday, May 1, 2011 1pm to 4:00pm
BBQ MUSLIMS/DEATH THREAT/FREDS BURQA/RANDOM CHECK by Zarqa Nawaz | 39 min
Through humor and a sense of the absurd, Zarqa Nawaz (Little Mosque on the Prarie) spins four entertaining vignettes sure to stimulate dialogue about how the terrorist stereotype has the power to influence society as well as its victims.


BBQ MUSLIMS 1995 | 5 min
In the days following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, there was a media frenzy pointing fingers at the North American Muslim community. Several weeks later, Oklahoma police arrested Timothy McVeigh, a white American. The cruel irony of that historic moment inspired this offbeat tale of two Muslim American brothers backyard barbecue mishaps.


DEATH THREAT 1998 | 19 min
A young Muslim woman has written an appallingly bad Harlequin-type novel and is struggling to find a publisher. Depressed, frustrated and irritated after receiving her 59th rejection, she decides that controversy is the only way to catch a publishers eye, but her exploitation of cultural stereotypes eventually backfires on her.


FREDS BURQA 2005 | 5 min
Take bad debt, a sunny day perfect for hanging out laundry, a troublesome hip replacement surgery and get true love&at first, partly obscured, sight. A stolen burqa leads to mistaken identity, a career change and&true love.


RANDOM CHECK 2005 | 10 min
Arrested at the airport, as the result of racial profiling, and late for his wedding, a desperate young man uses the power of the media to set him free, only to become the subject of another random check en route to his honeymoon.


BUI DOI: LIFE LIKE DUST by Ahrin Mishan, Nick Rothenberg | 28 min
Life for most young Vietnamese youth in the United States is a life like dust. This film goes inside the mind of Ricky Phan, once a gang leader in Southern California and now serving an 11-year sentence for armed robbery. Shot over a three-year period before Rickys arrest, BUI DOI... explores his memories of childhood in war-weary Saigon, his days in the U.S. as a gangster, and then his life in a state prison. Which is more violent: fleeing from a war-ravaged nation or trying to survive in an alien Western culture?


FILIPINO AMERICANS: DISCOVERING THEIR PAST FOR THE FUTURE by John Wehman | 54 min
This fascinating documentary explores hidden pages in American history and delves into the 400-year-old chronicle of one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States. Interviews with historians, readings from historical letters and transcriptions, combined with more than 300 archival photos reveal Filipino Americans in Hawaiian plantations, California migrant farms, Alaskan fish canneries and Louisiana shrimp fishing. FILIPINO AMERICANS... documents their involvement during World War II and their contributions to the advancement of labor organizations. Family units and strong social bonds helped them survive while dealing with discrimination and hard economic times. This video illustrates how Filipino American history has contributed to the American way of life and is an essential component of United States history.


AMERICAN SONS by Steven Okazaki | 28 min
AMERICAN SONS is a provocative examination of how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men. Actors Yuji Okumoto, Kelvin Han Yee, Lane Nishikawa and Ron Muriera tell real stories based on interviews with Asian Americans throughout the country. They express the issues of hate violence, the stereotypes placed on Asian men, the model minority myth and the deep psychological damage that racism causes over generations. The film presents a painful and angry view of American life never before explored in a film or television program.


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