Screening & Discussion: 3rd i NY presents "Enemy Alien" by Konrad Aderer

Thu, September 8, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors open 6:30

$5-$10 Suggested donation (no one turned away).

ENEMY ALIEN (Documentary, 2011, 60 minutes), Directed by Konrad Aderer. A project of Life or Liberty

A Palestinian activist’s fight for freedom draws a Japanese American filmmaker into confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance.

As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a massive protest from inside detention, Farouk is beaten and locked in solitary confinement, and his American-born son Tarek is arrested in a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself.

Twitter: @enemyalien


Konrad Aderer lives and works in his native New York City as an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance videojournalist. Since he established nonprofit multimedia project Life or Liberty ( in 2002, Konrad has produced several documentaries on immigrants targeted by enforcement in the years following 9/11. Konrad is completing a Masters degree in Sociology at Brooklyn College, focusing on urban immigrant communities.

Amy Gottlieb is the Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal services, community organizing, and advocacy. Amy graduated from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1996, where she is currently an adjunct professor of immigration law. She chairs the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, and is a board member of La Fuente and Houses on the Moon Theater Company.

Nancy Mansour (aka Harrabic Tubman) is a community organizer, hip hop artist manager, and radio host on for over 8 years. In 2009 she co-founded Existence Is Resistance, an internationalist organization promoting inter-cultural solidarity and non-violent resistance through the arts, with a focus on occupied Palestine and inner city youth. EIR’s 2010 hip hop tour is the subject of the documentary Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation, screening September 29th at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial Center in Harlem. For more information, please visit

Cristina "AiMara" Lee is a former organizer and national coordinator for the Not In Our Name Project, an anti-war/anti-repression project that existed between 2002-2006. Originally from California, she is the granddaughter of Japanese American WWII internees and helped organize Japanese American solidarity against attacks on Arabs, Muslims and South Asians after 9/11. She is now a law student living in Brooklyn and works for Gideon Oliver, co-counsel for the Ahmed Ferhani case. Cristina is also a trained Legal Observer and active with both Brooklyn Law and New York City chapters of the National Lawyers Guild.

Press Coverage:

“ that is what I call a ‘real’ documentary. An exposé of the first order.” - Satsuki Ina, director, Children of the Camps & From a Silk Cocoon

"Enemy Alien is a must-see documentary! The filmmaker crosses boundaries and prison walls to tell the story of this peaceful Palestinian freedom fighter…a powerful and often scary real-life tale of the shared struggle between Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans." - Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, CAIR-Sacramento

New York Observer article

Radio interviews with director Konrad Aderer on Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 NYC (6/27/2011) (Listen)

Insight: Mike McGowan, Capital Public Radio KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento (2/18/2011) (Listen)

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2011-09-12 10:51:22

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