Enemy Alien, by Konrad Aderer

enemy alien
Thursday, September 8, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Categories: Screening.
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Admission: $5-$10 Suggested donation (no one turned away)

Doors open 6:30

$5-$10 Suggested donation (no one turned away).

ENEMY ALIEN (Documentary, 2011, 60 minutes), Directed by Konrad Aderer. A project of Life or Liberty

A Palestinian activist’s fight for freedom draws a Japanese American filmmaker into confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance.

As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a massive protest from inside detention, Farouk is beaten and locked in solitary confinement, and his American-born son Tarek is arrested in a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself.

Website: http://enemyalien.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EnemyAlien
Twitter: @enemyalien

Panelists:
Konrad Aderer lives and works in his native New York City as an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance videojournalist. Since he established nonprofit multimedia project Life or Liberty (lifeorliberty.org) in 2002, Konrad has produced several documentaries on immigrants targeted by enforcement in the years following 9/11. Konrad is completing a Masters degree in Sociology at Brooklyn College, focusing on urban immigrant communities.

Amy Gottlieb is the Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal services, community organizing, and advocacy. Amy graduated from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1996, where she is currently an adjunct professor of immigration law. She chairs the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, and is a board member of La Fuente and Houses on the Moon Theater Company.

Mirene Ghossein is a cultural and political activist who has worked with Arab-American Organizations to help introduce Arab and Arab-American poets and artists to American audiences. She has translated Arabic poetry into English and French for publication in books and journals. Two years ago, she brought back paintings by Palestinian children and worked on a traveling exhibition, “The Art of Palestinian Children,” which was shown in 13 venues around NY, Westchester and Woodstock.

Cristina “AiMara” Lee is a former organizer and national coordinator for the Not In Our Name Project, an anti-war/anti-repression project that existed between 2002-2006. Originally from California, she is the granddaughter of Japanese American WWII internees and helped organize Japanese American solidarity against attacks on Arabs, Muslims and South Asians after 9/11. She is now a law student living in Brooklyn and works for Gideon Oliver, co-counsel for the Ahmed Ferhani case. Cristina is also a trained Legal Observer and active with both Brooklyn Law and New York City chapters of the National Lawyers Guild.

Press Coverage:
“Amazing…now that is what I call a ‘real’ documentary. An exposé of the first order.” – Satsuki Ina, director, Children of the Camps & From a Silk Cocoon

“Enemy Alien is a must-see documentary! The filmmaker crosses boundaries and prison walls to tell the story of this peaceful Palestinian freedom fighter…a powerful and often scary real-life tale of the shared struggle between Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans.” – Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, CAIR-Sacramento

New York Observer article

Radio interviews with director Konrad Aderer on Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 NYC (6/27/2011) (Listen)

Insight: Mike McGowan, Capital Public Radio KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento (2/18/2011) (Listen)

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.