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Iraqi American Woman Wins IndieFEST International Film Awards

The Arab Daily News
19 May 2019, 00:37 GMT+10


Iraqi born filmmaker Weam Namou wins a prestigious Award of Excellence from the IndieFEST Film Awards (women filmmaker category) for her latest production with and Eric Hoffer, the award-winning author of 13 books. The award will be given for Weam Namou's exciting feature documentary, The Great American Family, which is based on her 2017 Eric Hoffer award-winning book with the same title.

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The Great American Family is an exceptional true-life story that touches on a number of important issues that are robbing American families from living the American dream. When an American woman is accused of conspiring to sell telecom equipment to Iraq during the sanctions, her conspirator reveals the one truth that the U.S. Government kept hidden from the jury, which deprived her of a fair trial.

Iraqi artist and filmmaker Weam Namou

"We came from Iraq for America's freedoms," says writer, producer, and director Weam Namou. "As an immigrant, I saw through this case how we are losing the very things we came here. So I'm grateful for IndieFEST's recognition of this important story."

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Weam Namou joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Peabody winner Leon Lee, and Touched with Firestarring Katie Holmes.

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Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, "The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve."

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About Latest Posts Managing Writer at The Arab Daily NewsRAY HANANIA - Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published "The National Arab American Times" newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, the, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania's parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club "Peter Lisagor Awards" for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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