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Immigrants' Story 'A Thousand and One Journeys' Screens in Summit May 5; Post-Film Discussion with Director Kasbo of Summit

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SUMMIT, NJ - Directed by Summit's Abe Kasbo, "A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans" -- the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric -- will be shown at MONDO May 5 at 8 p.m. Following the film, there will be a discussion with the film's director Abe Kasbo and Seton Hall University Professor Philip Kayal.

Presented by the Film Society of Summit, "A Thousand and One Journeys" -- with historical immigration patterns as background -- explores the personal stories of Arab-Americans and how they have contributed to the collective American experience. Kasbo spent eight years making this film, which is his first.

“During the process of making the film, I was surprised and pleased to discover there’s a real yearning to both tell the story of Arab Americans, and for people to learn from them,” said Kasbo. Screenings of A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans have been held in 11 cities so far, with many including the New York premier sold out.

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Using archival footage and clips of videos from family collections, as well as interviews, the film vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who, like all Americans, immigrated in pursuit of the American Dream, including Senator George Mitchell, Jamie Farr, General John Abizaid, Anthony Shadid, Helen Thomas and more.

Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, and advance tickets can be reserved by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or purchased in person at MONDO, which is located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Seating is limited.


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