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Joan Mandell is a Detroit-based journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on the environment and social issues.
Her work-in-progress, Wild Detroit Honey, meshes both topics. It's a feature-length documentary on Detroit from the POV of honeybees and the people who care for them.
Joan Mandell recently produced two segments for Arab American Stories, a series which aired on PBS and is found online: www.arabamericanstories.org/the-stories/.
Her multi-media project for the Arab American National Museum, Patriots and Peacemakers, is now traveling to museums and university galleries nationwide. It features curated interviews with more than 100 veterans of the military, Peace Corps and diplomatic corps.
Joan Mandell has taught at the University of California/ Irvine, College for Creative Studies/Detroit, Birzeit University/Palestine and aboard a ship travelling around the world with the University of Virginia/Semester-at-Sea. She co-founded Al Fajr news-weekly, served on the editorial board of Middle East Report and was a Fulbright scholar.
Her New Day documentaries are: Tales from Arab Detroit; Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment; and Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family.