Unique in post-September 11 America, Tales From Arab Detroit, is an intimate community portrait. A visiting Egyptian storyteller/bard provokes an inquiry into issues of Arab heritage and tradition in a quintessential American immigrant community. American born children-- a "7-11 girl", hiphop dancer and rapper among them-- reconcile social and cultural differences with Arab immigrant parents. Through music, poetry and the ironies of everyday life, young people face up to racial discrimination and other socio-political challenges. Co-Produced by Sally Howell and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
“An absolutely splendid film, a sensitive, elegantly edited gem… we laughed and cried simultaneously.”
“The most significant documentary made about Arab Americans.”
"I use it in teacher workshops. It deals with issues of identity, assimilation, racism and stereotyping with sensitivity and insight. It will help diversity trainers, human resource professionals, social workers, and multicultural program coordinators to sensitize others on how to honor the uniqueness of the Arab American community as well as the similarities it shares with immigrant and "minority" experiences."
"A versatile documentary with a potential for revealing broad issues in American history, its culture and immigrant communities. For use in social sciences, language arts, literature and humanities, to study the difference of views across generations."
"...an excursion with elements of ethnology, anthropology and musicology, composed with a terrific sense of humor and empathy."