My Writings. My Thoughts.
At the end of each year most people put together a “Top 10” films of the year list. I do have a 2009 best of list of my own. But I thought, instead of the best film of one year, it would be interesting to try and narrow down the best ten films of the past decade.
This decade was filled with years of learning and growing. I finished both high school and college. Saw loved ones pass on. Moved away from home. Fallen in love. Had my heart broken. Wrote and produced an award-winning short film. Travelled to Europe. Chose my career path, and tried to fulfill my dreams of becoming a writer and filmmaker. And through it all I have experienced great works of art in the film genre.
Here is a list of my favorite films of the past decade. The ones that have moved me, inspired me, and made me love movies even more than I thought possible.
Last week, my thirteen year-old sister’s Middle School received a bomb threat. Thankfully, it was just a prank. During my tenure at Loganville High School, we also received bomb threats. However, my experiences and my sister’s experiences were totally different. My school got threatened BEFORE 9/11/2001. My sister’s school got threatened right after the Fort Hood Shootings. Bomb threats are nothing new to public schools in America. They’re very serious, but most of the time they’re just pranks to get out of taking tests or what-have-you. And that’s exactly how I remember them: nonthreatening. My sister, on the other hand, felt very different about them.
My thirteen-year-old sister was harassed and made-fun-of by many of the other students at her school. Their first response to the bomb threat? It must have been my sister because she is Arab and Muslim. A couple of students even approached her directly, calling her a “Muslim Terrorist” and a “Bitch”. Okay, so maybe the second name is just something kids do – but the first one is very troubling. My sister came home that night, crying her eyes out, because the negative perceptions of Islam have gotten so mainstream and universally accepted that even school children are spreading them. I really wished my sister hadn’t experienced that ridicule, but it’s something that many American Muslims are experiencing.
We are right here! Hey guys! It’s Nabil Abou-Harb, the amazing and awesome writer/producer/director of Arab! in America! (the short) and the writer/producer of Arab! in America! (the motion picture)! I know, I know – we’ve been gone for a long while. The site has just sat there for like four months. All I can say is… “I’m sorry”. But now we’re back with new news, new updates, and a slick new look! Thank Tom Verrette for the awesome background image. He’s a Photoshop Whiz Kid.
Anyway, we hope you like the site re-design! Check back in an hour for an Arab in America Feature Film Status Update!