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Directed by | David Teague

Genre documentary  |  Length: 46mins  |  Year of production: 2009

The opening of the United States’ first Arabic language public school provoked a firestorm of allegations that the school would teach radical Islam or even produce terrorists. As critics and the mainstream media stoked the flames in the climate of post9/11 America, the controversy forced the school’s ArabAmerican Muslim principal from her job. Intifada NYC follows the principal’s struggle to get her job back, the outcry against the school, and the debate provoked about tolerance and freedom of speech. Innovative in form, the film combines its exclusive interviews and vérité style with graphic drawings, and is supported by an original score blending classical, jazz, and Middle Eastern flavours.