PROTEST "OPERATION CONDOR"

Arabs and Muslims are once again the villains in the upcoming film, "Operation Condor," starring superstar Jackie Chan, scheduled to be released nationwide on Friday, July 18, 1997. The film, which is about an adventurer hired to recover a cache of stolen gold hidden in North Africa by Nazis at the end of World War II, perpetuates negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims as violent, irrational and unscrupulous.

 


 

PLANNING A PROTEST IN YOUR CITY:

1. Find out where the film is showing in your area on July 18, 1997.

2. Plan a demonstration at its opening. Contact ADC to be put in touch with a local chapter and to receive further information.

3. Contact local groups, such as mosques and other Arab-American organizations, to enlist their support. Distribute fliers and contact members of your community to participate in the protest.

4. Prepare signs for the demonstration. ("Stop Arab Bashing," "The Reel

Arab Is Not the Real Arab," "No to Anti-Arab Stereotypes" are some suggested slogans)

5. Prepare a press release to send to your local media, including local

film critics. Follow up with phone calls to key press before thedemonstration is held.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADC is calling on its chapters, activists and members around the country to hold demonstrations at the opening of the film in their city. Please contact ADC immediately if you are interested in participating in the campaign. Below is a list of suggestions on how to plan a protest in your city.

The film's national premiere will take place in New York on Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at the Ziegfield Theater in Manhattan.

(If you live in the New York area, please join the ADC-NY Chapter in a demonstration outside the theater at 6:30 p.m . . Contact husseini@adc.org if interested.)

Jackie Chan will appear on the David Letterman show that night.

Please write letters to Mr. Letterman sharing your concern about the anti-Arab stereotypes in the film and asking him to raise the issue with Mr. Chan.

Write to:

Mr. David Letterman
The Late Show,
CBS 1697 Broadway
New York,NY 10019
Tel: (212) 975-5300

E-mail: lateshow@www.cbs.com

You are urged to deluge the production company, Miramax, with letters of complaint about the film.

Mr. Harvey Weinstein
Miramax Film Company
375 Greenwich St., Floor 3
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 941-3800
Fax: (212) 941-3949

E-mail: webmaster@miramax.com

 

Please cc your letters to Miramax to Walt Disney at

http://208.218.3.141/Mail/Disneycom/


For further information, please contact ADC at gkhouri@adc.org

American-Arab

Anti-Discrimination Committee

 

4201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.

Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196

Email adc@adc.org

Web : http://www.adc.org