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A conversation with Arab American director Anouar Smaine, my story with Hollywood

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Anouar H. Smaine was born in Algiers, Algeria. He is the son of a French Professor, and an Actor, Director and Playwright. As both parents were busy with their respective careers, his father would often take him to different film sets and theatrical rehearsals he was involved in.

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BelAhdan, An Artist with an Arabic name at Art-A-Whirl NE, Minneapolis

21st Annual Art-A-Whirl
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.
Our thanks to Arabic Calligraphy Artist Aziz Qassim From K. O. Bahrain

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BelAhdan, Arab American Artists and the issue of representation!!

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This video is about BelAhdan with Taous Khazem , Mizna and Dreamland Arts present “In Algeria They Know My Name.” Written and performed by Taous Khazem; directed and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry.
In Algeria, they say you don’t marry one finger, you marry all ten. In this heartfelt and humorous one woman play, Minnesota-raised Taous Khazem travels to her father’s homeland to work as a theater artist, and unexpectedly falls in love with an Algerian clown. Caught in between traditions, religions and misconceptions, Taous struggles to find a sense of belonging in a foreign land, but ultimately discovers a fresh meaning of home, family, art and bicycle rides.

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