“Desert in the Coffeehouse,” a documentary by Dr. Pamela Nice, Center for Faculty Development, will be aired on TPT MN during March and April.

Dr. Pamela Nice

Dr. Pamela Nice

This film has two basic themes: What do Americans think about the Middle East, and do they see America as an empire? Nice interviewed about 100 people in more than 20 coffee shops across the Twin Cities for this 30-minute film. It has been shown in film festivals across the United States, and in Germany, Canada, Australia and Amman, Jordan, as well as in screenings in Cairo, Egypt, and Fes, Morocco.

Says Anouar Majid, author of  We are all Moors: “Almost a decade after 9/11, and after numerous publications and films, I have yet to see a documentary that matches Pamela Nice’s treatment of Americans’ perceptions of Arabs, Islam and the Middle East. By allowing average Minnesotans to voice their opinions, Nice’s ‘Desert in the Coffeehouse’ brings America’s mainstream views – unedited and without embellishments – into focus and lets us wrestle with our prejudices and hopes.”

All broadcasts are on the statewide TPT MN Channel, including these two:

  • Saturday, March 19, at 9:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 25, at 11:30 p.m.