October 11, 2013 7:43 am
Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival. Our acclaimed film The Trials of Muhammad Ali will also play at IDFA, in its European Premiere. Usama Alshaibi and The Trials of Muhammad Ali director Bill Siegel will attend the festival, as will Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan (executive producers on both films), and Kartemquin associate Dinesh Sabu (cinematographer on American Arab). A "Coming of Arab story," American Arab see Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) share his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Introducing us to other people living as Arabs in the U.S., the film sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated." Currently on theatrical release in the United States, The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the famed boxers exile years, a period during the 1960s during which he sacrificed fame and fortune to fight for his religious and political beliefs. Since its launch in 1988 IDFA has been one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries. The festival takes place from November 20 - December 1. See the full IDFA line-up for 2013.