James Dean. Little Rock, Arkansas. Hijabi/Muhajiba. Racial inequality. Motorcycle. Terrorism Charges. Americana. Coming of Age. Arab-America.
Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
ALL IN ONE? Unbelievable? Think again. Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf is about a spunky, free-willed, and rebellious Lebanese-American teenager in Arkansas who searches for identity with her headscarf and a motorcycle, channeling a James Dean intrigue, in the aftermath of her father’s imprisonment on dubious terrorist-related charges.
The Kickstarter campaign for the film I’ve been working on with the brilliant Susan Youssef was launched TODAY! COME. GIVE. LOVE. SHARE. Projects like this need your support to come to life! This is the last bit of funding we need before we can shoot, and we need to shoot by the end of the year, so timing is of the essence!
We have a variety of rewards for those who participate (like goodies from 5ive Pillars, a beautiful scarf by Faissal Al-Malek, and a Habibi Rasak Kharban poster designed by the genius Reza Abedini), and even the smallest donation, even $10, helps us get one step closer to making this film a reality. Even if donating is out of your means, if you could share the page to our fundraiser and help build a community of support for the project, that would be beyond amazing.
There is nothing typical about the work of Lebanese-American comic artist Jennifer Camper. Exploring issues of gender, race, sexuality and politics from distinctively non-mainstream perspectives, Camper’s comics have little in common with the comic book stories of stereotypical cape-and-tights-clad superheroes.
Camper has published three books to date, including Rude Girls and Dangerous Women and subGURLZ. Like all of her work, these books are partially inspired by Camper’s own experiences as a Lebanese-American gay woman.
Camper is also the editor of Juicy Mother, a queer comics anthology series that The Boston Globe called “what underground comics used to be.” Her work has appeared in various magazines, newspapers, comic books and anthologies since the 1990s and has been exhibited in the US and Europe.
Sometimes I look at the Lebanese tag, and what I’m looking for is just like…cute Lebanese people, maybe a funny family story, some art work, some culture, you know? But is that what I get? No. Of course not. What do I get? I get porn. I’m just minding my own business, looking up cute things for my page, and it seems that it’s all I get. It’s not even sensible subtle romantic stuff - it’s hard core and…well, gross. Maybe I’m just squeamish; I’ll give you all that. But I don’t think so. Lately I’ve been thinking about representation in movies and tv. I’m sure there are some things, but there isn’t much of anything that I can think of off the top of my head. Zohan is hilarious, but it’s obviously a joke. There are no prominent Lebanese (or Middle Eastern, in any case) characters on primetime TV. There are some Lebanese actors, but they’re typically playing what I call the “Generic White Person.” We had Ziva at NCIS, but she’s gone. There was one Lebanese family on NCIS, but they turned out to up to no good. Nurse Jackie had MoMo, and then they got rid of him after season one. It makes me sad, because every person wants to see someone like them on tv, you know? I know it’s not just Lebanese people who feel this. I’m sure this is true for a lot of cultures.
I was complaining about it to @aesthetichistorynerd, and she gave me the best idea - why don’t I represent myself?
So long story short, I’m going to flood the tag. I’m going to post as often as I can; actors, fashion, musicians, photography, scientists and cute blog posts and I’m going to take over the “Lebanese” tag. So the next time someone looks at the tag looking for something to remind them of who they are, they won’t just see porn.