'ARAB INDIANAPOLIS: A HIDDEN HISTORY' PRESENTED BY THE IUPUI ARTS & HUMANITIES INSTITUTE

  • Becky Fisher
  • 57 minutes
  • There will be a brief intro and Q&A after the film moderated by Dr. Edward Curtis and Dr. Sally Howell.

    Every American city is shaped by the stories of immigrants. Some are stories we know well. Some have been forgotten. And some are waiting to be discovered. Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History, directed and produced by local filmmaker Becky Fisher and shot by Vinnie Manganello, reveals a new chapter in the diverse history of central Indiana. It explores the first Arabic-speaking neighborhood in Indianapolis, the founding of St. George Church in the 1920s, the establishment of a prominent Arab American business on Monument circle, the service of Arab Americans in World War II, the election of Arab Americans to political offices in the Indiana Capitol, the contributions of Arab Americans to medicine since the 1920s, and the influence of Arab American food on menus across the city.

    An official selection of the 31st annual Heartland International Film Festival, Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History debuted on WFYI Indianapolis on June 16, 2022, and was broadcast subsequently on PBS stations around Indiana. The film was underwritten by the Arab Indianapolis Foundation, Inc., and Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was produced by Fisher Productions in association with Indiana University. 

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