3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020
Brooklyn Inshallah (2019) dir. Dir. Ahmed Mansour
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This documentary follows Father Khader El-Yateem, a Palestinian American practicing Lutheran pastor, and, he hopes, the first Arab American on the New York City Council. Having grown up amidst conflict before emigrating to the U.S., Father K works to alleviate the mounting fears of the diverse but marginalized Arab American community of Bay Ridge following the 2016 presidential election. With the support of political activist Linda Sarsour, he mounts the campaign of a lifetime, taking viewers into the heart of identity politics.
United States / Documentary / 83 minutes / In English and Arabic with English Subtitles
Ahmed Mansour, born and raised in Gaza Strip, is an NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, News and Documentary Program graduate. His debut film Brooklyn Inshallah, a feature documentary on the first Palestinian to ever run for the NY City Council, was released in 2019 and premiered at prestigious film festivals such as DOC NYC and TPFF. POV Magazine wrote, “Ahmed Mansour has made a verité film about democracy in action.” He was named the 2019 MountainFilm Emerging Filmmaker Fellow based in Telluride, Colorado. Ahmed is the founder and head of productions at Philistia Films where he is currently producing two new films, Odyssey of Hope and Return To Ramallah.
Reverend Khader El-Yateem, “Father K”, is a New York community organizer and Arab American faith leader. For 23 years he has ministered the community at the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church. In 2017, he ran for New York City Council’s Democratic nomination. As reported by the Nation: “El-Yateem had surged close to the front of the five-person primary race, helping turn what might have been a sleepy, district-only affair into a vigorous contest with city-wide reverberations.” Father K was born in Beit Jala, a Palestinian Christian town in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank, 10 km south of Jerusalem. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1992. He is married with four children.
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