Magazine article Screen International

Woody Harrelson Joins Anti-Islamophobia Arts Initiative

Magazine article Screen International

Woody Harrelson Joins Anti-Islamophobia Arts Initiative

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A coalition of theatres across the US announced on Thursday a series of screenings of films from countries affected by Islamophobia including those covered by President Trump's second travel ban that has been blocked by a district judge in Hawaii.

At time of writing it was understood more than 30 venues in 18 states were confirmed in The Seventh Art Stand, organised by distributor and Abramorama founder Richard Abramowitz and executive director Courtney Sheehan of Seattle-based film arts organisation Northwest Film Forum.

Participating theatres, community centres and museums will screen films from the six countries listed in Trump's revised travel ban: Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

Screenings will include recent Oscar-winner The Salesman by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, Fishing Without Nets from Somalia, Karama Has No Walls and The Mulberry House from Yemen) and About Baghdad from Iraq, which is no longer on the travel ban list but was in the first proposed ban.

Also screening will be a short film programme for youth and Flight Path, a narrative short film and media campaign to combat Islamophobia and foster inter-community dialogue. …

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