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CAIR-WA: Opening Night of Social Justice Film Series to Feature Movie and Discussion of Rohingya Genocide

(SEATTLE, WA, 4/16/19)   The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington (CAIR-WA) and Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) today announced a series “Popcorn, Justice, and a Movie” to feature films about social justice, race, religion, and identity.
The first in the series will be “The Venerable W,” a documentary about Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk in Myanmar fomenting racial hatred and violence against that country’s Muslim (Rohingya) population. 
A discussion will follow the film and will feature a representative of the International Rescue Committee, an expert in the politics of Myanmar from the Jackson School of International Studies and the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington.
WHAT: The Venerable W,” a documentary about Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk in Myanmar fomenting racial hatred and violence against that country’s Muslim (Rohingya) population.
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle WA, 98122
PANELISTS: Emmanuel N. Muvunyi  -President of the Rwandan Community State of Washington and International Rescue Committee representative;   Mary Callahan  -Associate Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International;  Masih Fouladi  -Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington
“Islamophobic vitriol leads to violence, whether it’s here in the United States, a mosque in New Zealand or against the Rohingya in Myanmar,”  said Masih Fouladi, Executive Director of CAIR-WA. “This movie is an important document of that fact and it reminds us all that we must stand against hate everywhere.”
“As the organizers behind the national anti-Islamophobia film screening and discussion series, ”˜The Seventh Art Stand’, Northwest Film Forum believes that flipping the script on problematic narratives doesn’t end when a campaign ends,”  said Vivian Hua, Executive Director of NWFF , “A year-round partnership with CAIR-WA allows us to continue bridging our communities and deepening our shared commitment towards justice and equality.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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MEDIA CONTACT: CAIR-WA Media & Outreach Director Sarah Stuteville, sstuteville@cair.com, 206-403-3931
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