Art Not Terrorism – Wafaa Bilal in Troy documentary premiere screening

Art not Terrorism poster

If you were planning on checking out the new 23 minute documentary by Hudson Mohawk Indymedia about the recent events surrounding Wafaa Bilal’s controversial art exhibit, “Virtual Jihadi”, be advised that the venue has changed…. the screening will now be at: The Daily Grind, 46 3rd St. in Troy. The times will remain 7 and 8 pm.

“Art Not Terrorism” goes 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 The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 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?

View the trailer.
Overview of the situation from earlier in the engineroom

Bonus goodness – the film has some music by nickname: Rebel and My Survival Kit in it!