Tales from Arab Detroit



Directed by: Joan Mandell

(46 mins) With the focus on changing traditions in both the Arab Middle East and Arab immigrants in Detroit, this film addresses the generational and cultural gaps in today's Arab community life. The visit of Egyptian storyteller Shaykh Ghanim Mansour who performs parts of the Sirat Bani Hilal 100-year-old epic of migration triggers a nostalgia for older Arabs, a remembering of the traditional Arab values of love of land, love of tribe, and subjugation of the individual to the community. Younger Arab-Americans have varying reactions.

In English and Arabic with English subtitles.