Chicago Arabs Join Together to Change Image of Community

In an unprecedented effort, a group of American Arabs in Chicagoland have produced a dramatic movie short that they believe will help Americans better understand the challenges the Arab community faced after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As the nation turns the corner to the 10th Anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, community leaders will screen the new film Chicago Mirage, which tells the story of one American Arab Muslim, who was arrested after the attacks and imprisoned for ten years for a crime he did not commit. Facing challenges in prison, the man struggles to rebuild his life with his wife and son after he is released ten years later. Chicago Mirage will be screened at its worldwide red carpet premiere at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave, on Thursday June 30 at 7 pm. In the vein of The Godfather and Once Upon A Time in America, Chicago Mirage pays homage to the rich heritage of the Arab American immigrant while highlighting the beauty of Chicago and its rich multicultural tradition.

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