Joan Mandell

Joan Mandell

Joan Mandell is a Detroit-based documentary film producer and educator. She is currently working for the Arab American National Museum as Community Curator; and producing a film on Detroit area beekeepers. Her New Day titles are: Tales from Arab Detroit; Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment; and Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family. Through Olive Branch Productions and New Day Films, she produces and distributes social issue videos and actively screens at colleges and community settings.

Joan Mandell has taught film production/studies and ESL at University of California/ Irvine, College for Creative Studies/Detroit, Birzeit University/Palestine and most recently aboard a ship travelling around the world with the University of Virginia/Semester-at-Sea. She was a Fulbright scholar, a Felton Scholar in Media Literacy and an affiliated fellow at UCLA’s von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies.

Joan co-founded Al Fajr newsweekly and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report for two decades. Contact Joan Mandell for workshop facilitation/speaking engagements, documentary research/production or to find out about her short films: I, Too, Sing America and One Million Postcards, and Arab American Road Movie. Her 9-11 Moments can be found at http://www.itvs.org/9.11/.