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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


AMAS Film Screening: "Muslimah's Guide to Marriage"

Professor Amina Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar
Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM
Ampitheatre Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
Short Synopsis of the Film: Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim Woman who lives in Inglewood, CA, has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband. Knowing that the divorce would upset her religious father and the local Muslim community, Muslimah works diligently to try to fix her broken marriage before it is too late.

Director's Intro: Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar


Director's Bio:
Writer/Producer/Director/Professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Aminah is from South Central LA. She holds a B.A. from USC in Cinema TV and an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA’s Film & TV Department. Aminah participated in IFP/FIND’s Project Involve and IFP/FIND'S Screenwriter’s Lab. Her short, PERSONAL TOUCH, which deals with her mother’s death from breast cancer, won the Liddel Art Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and screened on PBS. She also wrote and directed DORSEY, a Multi-Camera TV Pilot about colorism in the Black Community (starring: Christy Knowings, Wesley Jonathan, and Wesley Jonathan), which got Aminah a Directing Internship at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and she was featured on ET. Next, Aminah won the Visionary Award at the Pan African Film Festival for BILALIAN, a feature-length documentary about African-American Muslims in America and in Africa, and received glowing reviews in several publications including “Variety” and was broadcast on BET. After, Aminah co-wrote, produced, and directed the web series BedRest (starring: Pratima Anae and Tiffany Haddish), a comedy about a woman trapped on Bed Rest and played on Blip.TV. Aminah is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and UTA.

Executive Producer: Donald Bakeer
Donald Bakeer is author of "South Central L.A. CRIPS (1987)", the novel that in tandem with its critically acclaimed film adaptation, "South Central" (Warner Bros. 1992), has been the most powerful artistic combination to combat the 35 year old gang murder epidemic that has now become a culture for many. These two works, and Bakeer'slast novel, The Story of the 1992 L.A. Uprising-"Inhale Gasoline & Gunsmoke!", are critical in his strategy to end the gang wars with art and fight a growing culture of anti-literacy.Bakeer, recently retired after 30 years teaching English in several of South Central L.A.'s toughest schools, is a renowned poet and speaker, a 15-year member and former President of the International Black Writers and Artists who has been one of the most influential voices in South Central L.A. for over 3 decades, now. Known to many as "The Master Poet", Bakeer has performed hundreds of times over the past 30 years in schools, churches, mosques, nightclubs, restaurants, bookstores, and festivals in the area. He is the dedicated father of 9, has mentored many, and taught hundreds of people to be poets.CRIPS and …

Cinematographer: Jerry Henry
Jerry’s visual talents can be seen in such docs as the Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop directed by Banksy, American Revolutionary by director Grace Lee and City of Gold from director Laura Gabbert which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released theatrically by Sundance/ IFC in March 2016. He recently wrapped up the upcoming four-part HBO docu-series titled The Defiant Ones which will the chronicle the life and work of Dr. Dre. & Jimmy Iovine and Ferguson Rises with director Mobolaji Olambiwannu. He continues to serve as cinematographer for numerous documentaries and documentary for VICELAND, MTV News & Docs, National Geographic. Under his production company Cactus Eyelash, INC, he shoots and produces for clients Ford, Reebok, Nike, Honda, and MasterCard.

Editor: Rachel Pearl

Written by: Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar

Producers:Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar
Kenyatta Bakeer
Dianne Durazo
Julie Durazo

Starring: Ebony Perry, Glenn Plummer, BT Kingsley, Kareem Grimes, and Medina Britt.

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Awards and Achievements Received:
Pan-African Film Festival Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Sold Out Screenings at Pan-African Film Festival (202 seat theater)
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Activism, African American, Culture, Discussion, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Film, Free, Inclusion, Interdisciplinary, MESA, Middle East Studies, Multicultural, Muslim, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of Film, Television, and Media, Global Islamic Studies Center, Department of American Culture, Communication Studies

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