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Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History, an official selection of the 31st annual Heartland International Film Festival, features IUPUI professor and historian Dr. Edward E. Curtis IV as he explores stories of Arab Americans across Indianapolis through food, health, religion and more. Following the screening of the hour-long film, a community discussion will be facilitated by Sarah Hindi, the Chief Communications Officer for the Indianapolis City-County Council.
As Indiana’s Storyteller, the Indiana Historical Society seeks to share the stories of all peoples who call Indiana home. As an organization, they recognize the longstanding gaps in these narratives and seek to cultivate community partnerships and conversations to help tell a more complete story of Indiana. This conversation will feature young Arab American professionals including Sara Hindi, Ezzeldeen Elsayed, Arwa Ghalawan, and Maria Nimri, who will share their own experiences with identity, belonging, and family traditions in Indiana. They will also help lead discussions around these topics with participants.