MPAC Media Awards Gala: Sunday, May 18, at Hilton Long Beach
March 25, 2014
This year, MPAC’S Hollywood Bureau is honored to award several important people and projects including:
- Anthony Bourdain, who will be joining via videoconference, for his CNN “Parts Unknown” Episode “Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza"
- The Oscar-nominated film, “Omar”
- Michael Singh for his critically acclaimed documentary “Valentino’s Ghost”
More honorees to be announced soon!
“Last week, we saw the effect ‘Alice in Arabia’ had on our community and how it started a conversation about the need for more Muslim voices in the entertainment industry,” said Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood Liaison. “For more than 20 years, MPAC has been honoring people and projects for leading the charge in that important conversation. The Media Awards honorees give us hope for a better understanding of the diverse cultures and political perspectives within the Muslim world and how America’s view of Islam and Muslims is changing.”
In coordination with MPAC Foundation, we honor artists, actors, activists and executives for their “Voices of Courage and Conscience.” Since 1991, MPAC has honored those who use art and media to create enriching and humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims and promote diversity and social justice issues that inspire action.
Anthony Bourdain for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” episode “Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza”: In the season premiere episode, Bourdain and crew make their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. While the political situation is often tense between the people living in these areas, Bourdain concentrates on their rich history, food and culture and spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies.
“Omar”: This film about a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. “Omar” is a tense, gripping thriller about love, friendship and betrayal in Palestine. The film is directed by two-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe-winner and MPAC Media Award honoree Hany Abu-Assad.
“Valentino’s Ghost”: This documentary examines how America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media’s portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subjects that are conspicuously avoided or merely treated as sound bites by the mainstream American media. The film is narrated by actor Mike Farrell,
MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a professional resource to the entertainment industry by providing reliable and accurate information on Islam, Muslims and interfaith relations to the Hollywood community. The Bureau also helps Hollywood professionals connect with creative talent, including emerging Muslim filmmakers, writers and actors.
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