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Jamal Ali – Iraqi-American Filmmaker and Aircraft Engineer

Jamal Ali – Iraqi-American Filmmaker and Aircraft Engineer

Date(s) - 02/04/2022
11:00 am

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Chaldean Cultural Center

Friday, February 4th at 11 am EST
Jamal Ali was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1979 and had a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer for Iraqi Airways. He moved with his wife and two children to Minnesota in 2009. Jamal now lives in Spring Lake Park and works as a medical interpreter. He has been a part of the Iraqi Voices project since 2012. Jamal tells his own story through the Iraqi Voices program with his film “That’s What We Hear on the News” and went on to direct three additional films in collaboration with other Iraqi Voices participants.
Now as the first Iraqi Voices Community Engagement Facilitator, Jamal played a key role in producing the original theater piece “Birds Sing Differently Here” at the Guthrie in 2017 and on tour in Minnesota in 2019. Jamal was awarded the Outstanding Refugee Entrepreneurship Award by the Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2019 for his role in creating innovative art and spaces to strengthen cultural awareness and understanding as part of IARP’s Iraqi Voices series.


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