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  • Rewriting the Story: Understanding & Crafting Authentic Muslim Narratives

    December 4, 2017
    The Writers Guild Foundation and MPAC's Hollywood Bureau present a discussion on creating more authentic representations of Islam and Muslims in film and television. In this critical time, there are opportunities for the entertainment industry to challenge existing narratives of bigotry and fear while also telling authentic stories, particularly from Muslims and Muslim Americans.

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  • March 21, 2017
    This Tuesday, join us at a free advance screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife," followed by a panel discussion at the Landmark Westside Pavilion. "The Zookeeper's Wife" tells the story of strength and resilience and one that our community and our country can really learn from especially in light of the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and policies of our current administration.

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  • Mentoring and Making a Way in Hollywood

    October 27, 2016
    The MPAC Hollywood Bureau is offering a remarkable mentoring event for emerging writers, directors, filmmakers and producers to gain insights from leaders in the entertainment industry on moving your unique projects forward.

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  • The Purpose of a Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit

    August 9, 2016
    In the wake of “The Passion of the Christ,” Hollywood crunched the numbers and started to look at the faith-based market more carefully. In the years that followed, every studio opened a faith-based division.

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  • How the Khans Inspired Hollywood Muslims to Stand Up and Be Counted

    August 4, 2016
    Donald Trump’s recent attack on Ghazala and Khizr Khan, the Gold Star parents of a fallen Muslim soldier, has sparked a national outcry and an all-out crisis within the GOP.

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  • Hollywood Looks for Higher Ground in Film and TV

    July 29, 2016
    Faith, religion, existential and eschatological issues are popping up everywhere in Hollywood from Fox’s new panel talk show, “The Preachers” to films such as “Heaven Is for Real” and “Miracles From Heaven.”

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  • Finding Hope at Sundance

    February 9, 2016
    With anti-Muslim sentiment on the rise, it is sometimes hard to find reasons to be excited and hopeful. The entertainment industry has not historically been kind to Muslims and many other underserved communities, often portraying us in negative, flat, and stereotypical roles.

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  • MPAC Concerned with Inclusion of American Groups on UAE Terror List

    November 19, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council is extremely concerned with the United Arab Emirates’ decision to include two American Muslim organizations, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS), on a terrorism designation list.

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  • Leadership Forum with American Muslim Communities

    November 11, 2014
    Every week is busy at MPAC, but last week was especially busy! For the past couple of years, the American Muslim community has been facing challenges regarding issues of national security, surveillance, foreign policy and public perception. The day following the midterm elections, American Muslims from around the country came together to strategize how we can collectively overcome issues that impact our communities. In partnership with the New America Foundation, we convened over 50 American Muslims from across the nation for a leadership forum called “Policy Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Muslim Communities.”

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  • We're Bringing Hollywood to You

    October 14, 2014
    This year, we will bring this important conversation to our annual convention, titled “America Deserves Better,” which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, December 13. We will be hosting a not to be missed session titled: Collaboration or Cancellation: Shaping the Image of Islam & Muslims in Hollywood.

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  • Supreme Court to Hear Holt v. Hobbs Religious Freedom Case

    October 7, 2014
    Today is a big day. The Supreme Court is hearing a case looking at the limits of religious freedom in the prison setting. The case, Holt v. Hobbs, involves an Arkansas prisoner petitioning to grow a half-inch beard, which the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) believes is hazardous to prison security.

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  • MPAC Hollywood Bureau Hosting Actors Workshop

    September 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau is hosting an actors intensive workshop at Scott Sedita Acting Studio in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 9 for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The four-hour workshop will be taught by two of Hollywood’s most influential acting coaches, Scott Sedita and Mariko Ballentine. Sedita and Ballentine will share with the workshop participants ways to move their career forward and invaluable audition techniques that will get them noticed.

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  • MPAC Encourages Screenings of the Documentary 'Waking in Oak Creek'

    August 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau in partnership with "Not in Our Town," a movement to "stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all" encourages you to screen Not in Our Town's new documentary, "Waking in Oak Creek", in your community!

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  • ISIS Execution of American Journalist Underscores Need to Combat Extremism

    August 20, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemns the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urges all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism. Mr. Foley was a journalist who courageously covered the atrocities against the Syrian people. We offer our condolences to his family and friends

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  • MPAC Rejects ISIS’ Repugnant Crimes Against Humanity

    August 14, 2014
    MPAC today strongly condemned the extreme and repugnant principles and actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The rise of ISIS and their rapid expansion in Iraq and Syria is an imminent cause for concern for not only local civilians facing their deadly threats, but also for regional and international stability.

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  • CNN Belief Blog Publishes MPAC Op-ed Critiquing Obama

    July 29, 2014
    Yesterday, CNN’s Belief Blog published an op-ed called “President Obama's Ramadan Slap at Muslims” by Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The op-ed describes how the President’s pro-Israel remarks at the annual White House Iftar left guests and many American Muslims feeling “shocked and dismayed” and called it a talking point that “is code for whitewashing decades of atrocities committed against the people of Gaza.”

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  • MPAC Prays for Peace and Freedom for All this Eid

    July 28, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council wishes everyone a joyous Eid ul-Fitr at the conclusion of this blessed month of Ramadan. This Eid, we stand in solidarity with all who throughout Ramadan have faced atrocities, injustice and have been struggling for their freedom. Our hearts are with those who have faced bloodshed in Palestine, horrifying human rights violations in Syria, ongoing slaughter in Myanmar and all who are oppressed.

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  • Looking for Real Change? Invest in Emerging Changemakers in Hollywood, Media & Policy by Investing in MPAC

    July 25, 2014
    In the giving spirit of Ramadan, please invest in the emerging voices of American Muslim filmmakers, journalists and policymakers by donating to MPAC Foundation today. Your donation will be tax deductible and is Zakat eligible.

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  • Al-Marayati Discusses ‘Tyrant’ at Television Critics Association Event

    July 24, 2014
    This week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati joined "Tyrant" Executive Producer Howard Gordon and Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST) for a panel discussion with the Television Critics Association to explore the show's portrayal of the Middle East and the public's response.

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  • Let's Tell Better Stories in Hollywood

    July 11, 2014
    These are exciting times for Muslims in Hollywood. If you're like us, then you enjoy sitting through the credits after a TV show or movie just to see if any Muslims were involved. In time this won't be a big deal, but growing up where there were only a handful of Muslim actors, directors, writers and producers I am amazed at how far we have come in an industry that seemed so inaccessible a decade ago.

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