Art ≠ Terrorism
Virtual Jihadi in Troy
World Premiere @ Troy Night Out!
March 28, 2008
7pm & 8pm (each screening 25 mins with time for discussion)
First United Presbyterian Church
1915 5th avenue, Troy, NY
Hudson-Mohawk Indymedia has produced a definitive account of the whirlwind of events surrounding Wafaa Bilal's controversial art exhibit, "Virtual Jihadi".
In Art Not Terrorism, we go beyond the sound bites to find out what happened when an Iraqi artist came to Troy, NY only to be censored - not once, but twice. First, Wafaa Bilal was chased off campus after his artwork was mis-characterized as terrorist propaganda by undergraduate bloggers. When the exhibition was given refuge by a local independent media center, the city government responded by shutting down the space.
This short documentary by the award-winning producers of Independent Media in a Time of War asks: what was so troubling about this artist's message that University and City officials decided that we would all be better off not hearing it?