JIHAD IN HOLLYWOOD
(26 min) Syria/US
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Director: Genie Deez
Producers: Omar al Dakheel, Coerte Voorhees

Description:
Once a successful Syrian actor, Jihad Abdo has now arrived in Hollywood as a refugee and struggles to reinvent his life and renew his career. Jihad made an off the record comment against the brutal Assad Regime which was publicized and widely disseminated. He was then forced to flee Syria for fear of deadly repercussions. He came to the US to join his wife Fadia who was studying in Michigan and building upon her career in abstract art and human rights activism. Jihad in Hollywood is not only a personal window into the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, but the story of one man's quest to reclaim his career and live the American Dream.

Biography:
Eugene "Genie Deez" Staples is an American writer, producer, director, comedian, and magician. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Marketing and Film and TV Studies. He later completed the M.F.A. at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Genie directed his debut and award-winning documentary Jihad in Hollywood.

Omar Al Dakheel moved to the US from Kuwait after receiving a full merit scholarship to the University of Miami. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Broadcast Journalism, he went on to earn his MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he immersed himself in all aspects of Filmmaking. He is currently finishing his first feature film for Al Jazeera Documentary. His goal is to tell diverse stories with universal values that can bridge the gap between the East and the West.

Coerte Voorhees is from Boulder, Colorado and is the writer, producer, and director of The First Line along with his older brother John Voorhees. The First Line released with Netflix in September 2016. Coerte obtained his MFA in Film & Television Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 2016. He completed his BA at Georgetown University in History & Classics in 2012. Coerte is the founder of A Visionary Film and First Line Films.

Contact Information:
e: o.aldakheel@gmail.com
w: http://www.geniedeez.tv/films/


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