NEW FILM SE­RIES TO FIGHT IS­LAM­O­PHO­BIA

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NEW YORK: In a protest against Is­lam­o­pho­bia, a new film se­ries, to be shown across in May, is to fea­ture movies from coun­tries af­fected by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s lat­est travel ban, which has been blocked by the courts.

The se­ries, The Sev­enth Art Stand, an­nounced this week, will take place in com­mu­nity cen­tres, mu­se­ums and the­atres. More than 30 venues in states such as Hawaii, Washington, New York, Texas and In­di­ana have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

They in­clude the Arab-Amer­i­can Na­tional Mu­seum in Michi­gan, the Honolulu Mu­seum of Art, the North­west Film Fo­rum in Seat­tle; and the Met­ro­graph and An­thol­ogy Film Ar­chives. Dis­cus­sions will also be held.

The movies in­clude Fish­ing With­out Nets, from So­ma­lia; About Bagh­dad, from Iraq; Karama Has No Walls and The Mul­berry House from Ye­men; and As­ghar Farhadi’s The Sales­man.

Farhadi, one of Iran’s best­known film­mak­ers, took a stand against Trump’s ban when he said he would not at­tend the Os­cars. His movie won the 59th Os­car for best for­eign-lan­guage film.

“It is cru­cial to build a tra­di­tion of shar­ing more sto­ries, voices and faces on our screens,” Richard Abramowitz and Court­ney Shee­han, the se­ries or­gan­is­ers, said. Abramowitz runs film dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany Abramorama; Shee­han is the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the North­west Film Fo­rum in Seat­tle. NYT

‘The Sales­man’ is one of the films fea­tured in ‘The Sev­enth Art Stand’.

‘The Walk­ing Dead’ show is the most suc­cess­ful ba­sic cable TV se­ries in his­tory.

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