The Dominion, "Canada's Grassroots Newspaper", is featuring a story on a documentary film called "Being Osama." The article describes the film as "a close observation of the Arab-Canadian community in the aftermath of 9/11, told by six of its members who share the name 'Osama'."
The film's director, Mahmoud Kaabour, explains the origins of the idea for the documentary:
Months after 9/11 I was working at video store in Montreal, where my Italian boss not so politely asked me to change my name to Moe. His argument was that an Arabic name was not the best way to charm clientele during that period.... [I later] wonder[ed] how much more awful it must be to be called "Osama"....
Each [selected Osama] challenged an Arab stereotype in a way or another, and the juxtaposition of their realities next to each other seemed to be a good way to challenge the idea of a monolithic Arab experience.
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