2016 Media Awards
April 24, 2016
For the 25th anniversary of the MPAC Media Awards, we’re excited to honor four “Voices of Courage and Conscience” that use their art to challenge public perceptions and create social change.
This year's honorees are...
Actor, director, author and activist, George Takei has been a consistent voice speaking out against anti-Muslim rhetoric. A dedicated human rights advocate, Takei is an important voice warning us that today’s political rhetoric about American Muslims is reminiscent of the rhetoric that led to one of the darker stages of our history -- the outright internment of Japanese Americans.
The sharp and witty correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program “The Daily Show,” actor and comedian Hasan Minhaj has produced eye-opening and gut-busting segments that tackle ISIS, Islamophobia, race, healthcare and the environment. He recently finished a North American tour of his play “Homecoming King,” where he explores his Indian-American-Muslim identity, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American Dream.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women die from honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Told from the point-of-view of Saba, an 18-year-old survivor, this 2016 Oscar-winning documentary by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy tackles misinterpretations of Islam to justify such a crime and challenges the lack of laws punishing its perpetrators. The Pakistani Prime Minister pledged stricter laws to end honor killings after watching the film. “A Girl in the River” is a testimony of the power of storytelling to change the status quo.
Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. A first-of-its-kind, "Salam Neighbor" follows two filmmakers, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, who fully embed themselves in the camp, providing an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. They uncover inspiring stories of people rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. The film puts a face to the refugee crisis and has sparked critical debate among lawmakers, news media and communities around the country to assist Syrian refugees.
The Media Awards will be held on Sunday, April 24th (5:00pm) at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.
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