22nd Annual Media Awards with Special Guest Dustin Hoffman
The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau is excited to announce its 22nd Annual Media Awards Gala will be held on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. This year, MPAC is proud to honor three outstanding projects: the Oscar-nominated “5 Broken Cameras,” the hit Fox TV series “Bones” and The Sundance Film Institute’s Feature Film Program.
We are thrilled to announce special guest Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman will be joining us to present the Media Award to “5 Broken Cameras.” Hoffman, who is a supporter of the documentary, is a two-time Academy Award winner for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Rain Man” and a five-time Golden Globe recipient. We are also honored that Rabbi Leonard Beerman, founding Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles and co-founder of the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative, will be introducing Mr. Hoffman.
“5 Broken Cameras” has captured audiences worldwide through its harrowing portrayal of Palestinian daily life under Israeli occupation. Co-created by Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, the 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary is a deeply personal, first-hand account of practicing non-violent resistance in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Burnat, a farmer turned filmmaker who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film is structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras. Burnat will travel from the West Bank to accept the Media Award in person.
The hit Fox series “Bones” has featured a practicing Muslim as one of its recurring central characters for the last five seasons. A series committed to introducing diverse and underrepresented narratives, “Bones” embodies the emerging diversity in portrayals of Muslims on screen and television. The character “Arastoo Vaziri” is a rare counter to the pervasive negative stereotypes which have come to define such portrayals. “Bones” creator Hart Hanson, Executive Producer Stephen Nathan, and Pej Vahdat, the actor who plays “Arastoo Vaziri,” will join us to accept the Media Award.
The Sundance Film Institute’s Feature Film Program reflects Sundance’s commitment to tell the stories of diverse and underrepresented peoples and to alleviate the distorted images of regions of the world that are largely misunderstood. Founded by legendary actor Robert Redford, Sundance has a proud record of supporting the professional development of emerging American artists and their Feature Film Program takes it to another level by offering their professional and creative resources to artists in Muslim majority countries. Sundance has demonstrated leadership in exposing these artists to global markets, and giving them a real chance to succeed.
MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a professional resource to the entertainment industry. The Bureau is responsible for providing reliable and accurate information on Islam, Muslims, and interfaith relations to the Hollywood community. The Bureau also helps Hollywood professionals connect with creative talent, such as emerging Muslim filmmakers, writers and actors.