DER Documentary

Young Arabs


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by Michael Graziano & E. Joong-eun Park
color, 25 min, 2008




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Young Arabs takes viewers inside an elite preparatory school in heart of Cairo, Egypt. The film offers a quiet encounter with a collection of students as they reflect on God, America, terrorism, marriage, the Middle East, and more. Despite being founded and still managed by French-trained Jesuit priests, the students and faculty of this all-boys school are roughly 60% Muslim and 40% Christian. By virtue of lineage, moreover, these young men are expected to help lead the Middle East into a new and uncertain world - a fact that, along with the socioeconomic and religious complexion of the school, gives their views particular significance.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
The University of Chicago Lab School, 2008
The Latin School of Chicago, 2008
The Midwest Independent Film Festival in Chicago, 2008
The Chicago Green Festival, 2008
Silverdocs, Washington, DC, 2008
Best Short Documentary, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Birmingham, AL, 2008
Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, 2008
Middle East Studies Association's FilmFest, Tucson, AZ, 2008 Detroit Docs, 2008
Victoria Film Festival, Canada, 2009
Iowa City International Documentary Festival, 2009
Short Film Award, AAA/Society for Visual Anthropology Film, Video & Multimedia Festival, 2009
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009

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