Tuesday, June 3, 2008

BPFF Organizers Awarded "Dedication to Activism Through the Arts" by ADCMA

The organizers of the Boston Palestine Film Festival were honored by the ADCMA Board of Directors with the "Dedication to Activism Through Arts" award, at their 3rd annual banquet on Saturday, May 31st, 2008.

The award was accepted at the ADCMA banquet by Katherine Hanna, Salma Abu Ayyash, Christine Giraud, Michael Rainho and Nitin Sawhney on behalf of the BPFF organizing committee and dedicated volunteers of the film festival. Katherine Hanna thanked the ADCMA for this honor and briefly spoke about the vision and continued impact of the Boston Palestine Film Festival, both for mainstream audiences in the greater Boston area and filmmakers struggling to create films about the Palestinian narrative.

The benefit event for the ADCMA included a keynote speech by Dr. James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute (AAI), a Washington DC-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community, where Zogby currently serves as President. The keynote address was titled: “The Stakes Have Never Been Higher: The 2008 Elections and US Middle East Policy”.

The ADCMA also presented the “Excellence in Media” award to This Week in Palestine, a weekly radio show hosted by Sherif Fam and The Truth and Justice Radio team at WZBC 90.3, Boston College Radio.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a grassroots civil rights organization based in Washington, DC which welcomes people of all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities as members. The local chapter of the ADC or ADCMA is committed to empowering Arab-Americans to embrace their identity and advocate for their civil rights in the state of Massachusetts. The ADCMA works towards this objective through civil rights advocacy, educating the general American population on Arab-American culture and issues, and by building community within Arab-Americans in Massachusetts.

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