Fairfield University screens "Caught in the Crossfire" as part Arab-American Experience series


Fairfield University will present a screening of "Caught in the Crossfire," a film examining the lives of Arab-Americans after September 11, on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center. The screening is part of "The Arab-American Experience," a series of events sponsored by Fairfield University's Humanities Institute, and the Women's Studies, American Studies, English and History departments.

"Caught in the Crossfire" is a one-hour documentary depicting how life was transformed for three Arab-American following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It focuses on Raghida Durghem, a high-level correspondent for al-Hayat, the independent international Arabic daily newspaper; Khader el-Yateem, a minister with Salaam Arabic Lutheran Church in Brooklyn; and Ahmed Nasser, a Yemen-born New York City police officer who served at Ground Zero shortly after the attacks.

Brad Liechtenstein, who produced and directed the film with David Van Taylor, will be on hand to discuss his work after the screening. Liechtenstein also directed "Safe," a documentary for The Discovery Channel about a Brooklyn battered women's shelter, and "Andre's Lives," the story of Andre Steiner, the "Jewish Schindler" credited with saving thousands of Slovak Jews from the Holocaust. Since 1972, he has worked on numerous other films, including the PBS film "History of the Blue Mississippi" and a film on Israeli arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of history, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2110.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 10, 2003

Vol. 36, No. 92