ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Some of the best films from the MIZNA Arab Film Fest are coming to neighborhoods in the St. Paul and St. Cloud area.
Check out the schedule and mark your calendars. Many screenings will include post-screening discussions with local scholars.
Tickets are $10 each or $6 for seniors/low-income. Separate passes are available for all five St. Paul screenings ($30) and all St. Ben/St. John’s screenings ($30). All screenings are free for students; student tickets available at the door.
Andrea Shaker is a professor of art at the College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University. Her work has screened at the Walker Art Center and Mizna’s Arab Film Fest, has been aired on Twin Cities Public Television, and is part of the Moving Image collection at the Walker.
Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti-immigrant sentiments are nothing new, but at this political and cultural moment, they have reached a dangerous fever pitch. How do we work against this hateful rhetoric? Film has the power to connect people to one another’s stories and generate empathy in a powerful way. In the spring 2018, Mizna will bring independent Arab cinema to six Minnesota college campuses and the neighborhoods they call home. At each location, we will screen one selection from the best of our previous festivals, covering a range of forms, nationalities, and subjects.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Call for Writing
Mizna, Summer 2018
Playing the Field: The Politics of Sport
This themed issue will be an exploration of the way the world of sports reflects critical issues affecting our communities–religion, race, gender, class, colonialism/occupation, patriotism, social justice, etc. We invite writing to explore this topic–poetry, stories, creative essays, flash fiction, comix, and other literary interpretations. Email submissions to [email protected] by February 28, 2018.
Click here for more information and full submission guidelines
Sponsored by the City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Program.
Mizna is a local Arab arts organization that has excelled for the past 18 years in diversifying the Twin Cities’ artistic and intellectual life, weaving necessary voices and stories into our collective public sphere. With our signature literary journal (Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America ), the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and other arts programming, we are a nationally recognized platform for contemporary Arab American expression and its place in the American experience.