A coalition of movie theaters, community centers, and museums in the United States are taking part in “The Seventh Art Stand”—a nationwide series of films, screenings, and discussions that will showcase works from countries that are affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Billed as “an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia,” the Stand will take place in more than thirty locations in eighteen states this May. Organizers Richard Abramowitz, founder and president of Abramorama, a distributor of theatrical films, and Courtney Sheehan, executive director of the Seattle-based Northwest Film Forum, have partnered with a variety of institutions including the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, the Metrograph and Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and college campuses and theaters throughout the Midwest.
Among the films being featured are director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning The Salesman (Iran), Karama Has No Walls and The Mulberry House (Yemen), Fishing Without Nets (Somalia), and About Baghdad (Iraq). A short film program for youth as well as “Flight Path,” a narrative short film and media campaign to combat Islamophobia, will also be shown.
When The Salesman won the Oscar for best movie in the Foreign Language Film category at the 2017 Academy Award ceremony in February, Farhadi did not travel to the US to accept the honor in an act of protest. Instead, Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and CEO, read a statement that Farhadi had prepared. She read: “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.”
More details about ”The Seventh Art Stand” will be announced in coming weeks.