Things Arab
Men Say

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2017 | 3:45 PM

This documentary paints a picture of Arab men that is vastly different from what we’re accustomed to. In this antidote to mainstream-media depictions of Arabs as terrorists and extremists, we get to meet Jay, Ghassan and their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop to discuss politics, religion, and family over a cut and a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, this engaging film documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity and culture.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 52 minutes
NGO: Calgary Arabic Art and Culture Society

Curriculum Connection

Social 9

Cast & Credits

Director: Nisreen Baker


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BASSEM HAFEEZ   |   Mount Royal University

Bassem Hafez is an instructor at MRU, teaching about Conflict and the social context as well as alienation. He has many diversified interests outside of academia, for example he is a drummer and a social entrepreneur with extensive experience in managing bands in Egypt and participation in non-profit projects that encourage social innovation. He published many articles about the Arab Spring, Social Movements, as well as heavy metal music. Bassem is also the co-founder of the Calgary Egyptian Association, and currently a board member of Calgary Outlink as well as the Calgary Arab Arts & Culture Society, which organizes the Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival.In addition to that, Bassem is currently establishing his private immigration consultancy business as well as the Calgary Egyptian Center for Arts & Culture.