Chicago homecoming and Heartland fests for American Arab

American Arab comes home to a much anticipated Chicago premiere on April 6th at the 21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF). Get tickets here.

American Arab is this year's CUFF closing night film and will screen at The Logan Theater at 8pm. Director Usama Alshaibi - a regular at CUFF with his previous experimental works, including 2006 CUFF Best Documentary Feature award-winner Nice Bombs - will return to his former hometown for the screening.

American Arab is a "Coming of Arab" story in which Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated."

The film's world premiere was held in November 2013 at IDFA in Amsterdam and the US premiere at Big Sky Doc Festival in February. In March, Executive Producer Gordon Quinn and filmmaker Usama Alshaibi hit the road as the film screened at domestic festivals (Geneva Film Festival, CAAMFest to host talkbacks after screenings and connect with an ever-widening audience.

Before Chicago, Gordon will again present the film this week at Cleveland International Film Festival, where it has two screenings.

Following CUFF in April, American Arab will then play across the American heartland at the Minneapolis / St.Paul International Film Festival, the Kansas City Film Festival, Indiana's River Bend Festival and Ohio's Athens International Film and Video Festival.

The film will also be in Sweden this April at the Stockhom Film Festival, in a special program aimed at children 11-16 years old.

American Arab - Documentary trailer (2013) from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.