Asghar Farhadi directs Taraneh Alidusti in a scene from “The Salesman,” this year's best foreign language film Oscar winner. (Photo by Habib Majidi)

'An act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia'

Text Summit Staff

Starting this Memorial Day holiday weekend, join what's being called as "an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia" at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The museum and its Doris Duke Theatre will be one of 50-plus venues across the U.S. to be part of The Seventh Art Stand.

Opening day Saturday, May 27, promises to be an eventful one, beginning with a talk at the theater with Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, who has been one of the main national forces fighting the Trump administration's travel ban that discriminates against Muslims. A reception will follow that will include local organizations that are helping the islands’ immigrant and refugee populations.

Later on, there will be an onstage collaboration between Syrian painter Kevork Mourad and violinist Ignace Jang. Music will also be featured the evening of Saturday, June 3, showcasing Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker.

The local chapter of Amnesty International will lead free early evening workshops over three consecutive days at the theater Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2, that will address key issues that will equip the participants on welcoming refugees, rejecting anti-Muslim hate, and denouncing human rights violations and war crimes.

As for the films themselves, it's a noteworthy slate that features this year's Oscar-winning best foreign language film from Iran, The Salesman; A New Day in Old Sana'a, the first feature to come out of Yemen; the omnibus feature Libya in Motion, and the refugee documentary After Spring, executive produced by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart.

Click here for more information -- including ticket prices, and the schedule of talks and post-screening discussions -- for the entirety of this worthy and ambitious project.

And in conjunction with The Seventh Art Stand, the museum will offer tours of its Islamic gallery and special exhibition Shahzia Sikander: Parallax after matinee screenings.

The short film Letters From Camp, directed by Frank Chi and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will precede all film screenings.


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