The Detroit Historical Society continues its monthly Film Series with a special encore showing of “Our Arab American Story” showing Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, at the Detroit Historical Museum. Each screening is free with general admission to the museum.
Metro Detroit is home to one of the largest, most diverse Arab communities outside the Middle East. Arab Americans living here number nearly 200,000, having begun their immigration more than a century ago.
“Our Arab American Story” by Emmy-Award winning director Keith Famie presents an in-depth look at the group’s customs, holidays, religious alliances and the complexities of being Arab American though the eyes of several local entrepreneurs, artists and community leaders who have made an impact in Metro Detroit. The film, part of Famie’s groundbreaking “Our Story of…” series on ethnic Detroit, tracks the predominant Arabic groups in Detroit: Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Yemenis — and pays special attention to their two major religious communities, Muslim and Christian. It also shares an honest overview of their triumphs and tragedies.
Museum admission is $6 for adults; $4 for college students, seniors and youth.