NETWORKS URGED TO HONOR MOUSTAPHA AKKAD BY AIRING HIS FILMS
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/11/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered its condolences on the death of internationally-known filmmaker Moustapha Akkad, who died Friday from injuries sustained in a bomb blast earlier this week at an hotel in Jordan. Akkad’s daughter Rima also died in the terror attack.
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CAIR is also calling on American television networks to air films produced by Akkad as a tribute to his legacy as cross-cultural pioneer. Akkad was famous in the Muslim world as the director of the 1977 film “The Message,” which was based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad. He also produced “Lion of the Desert,” a 1981 film biography of a Muslim leader who fought the Italian occupation of Libya.
In a statement, CAIR’s Southern California Director Hussam Ayloush said: “Moustapha Akkad’s films did much to enhance understanding of Islam in this country and worldwide. People of all faiths can better understand Islam’s rejection of the fanaticism that prompted these criminal attacks by watching ‘The Message,’ which stresses Islam’s tolerance. The best way to honor Moustapha Akkad’s life and work is to let Americans learn more about Islamic and Middle Eastern history by viewing his films.”
Akkad, 75, was born in Syria, but lived in Los Angeles.