Khalil Gibran International Academy, New York City’s first Arabic language public school is no stranger to controversy. When it opened it’s doors in September 2007 there were fears that it would teach radical Islam or even promote fundamentalist violence. The school’s principal Debi Almontaser was asked to define the word Intifada in an interview in response to these allegations and the ensuing controversy lead to her dismissal.
A new documentary, Intifada NYC directed by David Teague and produced by the Brooklyn Vitagraph Company follows the principals struggle to get her job back and how the war on terror has restricted civil liberties and freedom of speech.
There will be a free screening of the film at Park Slope Methodist Church, 410 6th Ave at 8th St on Friday, November 5th at 8pm along with a discussion with director David Teague and Debbie Almontaser. For further information you can call (718) 768-3093.