Lebanese Film to be presented: Stray Bullets

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MEDIA ALERT – For Immediate Release
September 8, 2011

TPFF presents: Arab World Perspectives
Stray Bullet (Lebanon)

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 2:00pm
Jackman Theatre, AGO

TPFF is proud to announce the Arab World Perspectives program, a new addition to this year?s festival line-up. This program shines a light on another part of the Arab world with a cutting-edge film from an up-and-coming Arab filmmaker. TPFF has selected the award-winning Lebanese film Stray Bullet by Georges Hachem and starring acclaimed Lebanese director/actor Nadine Labaki (Caramel; Where do we go now?).
Best Film Muhr Arab Award winner at the Dubai International Film Festival (2010), Hachem’s debut film is a poignant socio-politically charged drama that unveils a family in turmoil in the midst of wartime tensions. It’s the end of summer 1976 in a northern suburb of Beirut. Noha (Labaki) is engaged to be married and her overbearing family is relieved she will not end up an old maid like her sister. Wedding preparations appear to be going to plan until, on that Sunday, fifteen days before the nuptials, Noha changes her mind. Noha’s self-actualization triggers a cascading set of events that fractures her and her family. Trailer
This beautiful film shot in a 1970s grainy aesthetic captured a best cinematography award and will be screened in 35mm format.
Following the screening, TPFF will host a panel with director Georges Hachem and Pomegranates and Myrrh actor Ashraf Farah. They will discuss their films, which address themes of personal and national conflicts, as well as, trends, opportunities and obstacles for filmmakers and artists working in the Middle East on projects presenting a social commentary.
If you like this film, check out:
·Pomegranates and Myrrh – A dancer challenges society?s expectations of a wife whose husband is imprisoned. Sept 30, 7:00pm, Lightbox
·Kingdom of Women – The women of Ein el Hilweh rebuild their refugee camp in Lebanon after it was destroyed in 1982. Oct 3, 7:00pm, AGO
·Shout– Best friends from the occupied Golan Heights leave home for the first time to pursue studies and a new life in Damascus, Syria. Oct 4, 7:00pm, AGO
The 4thannual TPFF is taking place Sept 30- Oct-7, 2011. Established in 2008, TPFF celebrates film as an art form and means of expression by showcasing the vibrant heritage, resilience, and narratives of the Palestinian people. Tickets and TPFF 10 Pass are on sale online and at the TIFF Lightbox?s box office. Visit http://tpff.ca/festival-program/for TPFF program or to purchase tickets.
Contact: Dania Majid, programmer/media liaison, media@tpff.ca.


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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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