Each year IVC Detroit provides sponsorship to assist Faris Alami and his coordination of the Global Trade Mission for Oakland Schools. Faris reports that this year’s March 2012 involvement was at an all time high and included 167 registered students. He is always happy that IVC Detroiters offer their expertise. Again this year Board Members Rona Lum & Molly Swart along with Program Coordinator Imke Baumann generously assisted Faris with his prize winning global trade mission.
The Film Festival Meet & Greet held on Monday, March 19th at the Arab American National Museum and was a unique and well received IVC Detroit event. IVC Detroit welcomed a capacity crowd along with press and official photographers. It was enjoyed by a diverse audience that included: Judge Craig Strong, Millie Hall, Consul of Switzerland Walter Wegmueller from Comerica and his wife Doreen, along with the Honorary Consul of the Dominican Republic Dr. Freddy Sosa & Josie Sosa, Board Member Connie Hogan, Ihab & Reem Zaki, Nader Hamadeh, etc, etc. Besides DTE Energy’s sponsorship secured by Fouad Ashkar the State Department provided a small stipend for the event. On Monday morning Christos Moisides hosted a roundtable discussion at Greektown Fishbones for the film delegation including filmmakers Sue Marx & Brenda Rosenberg. Later Christos arranged for the group to visit Raleigh Studios. Tuesday the film professionals attended sessions led by Robert Young III, representatives from the Detroit Film Critic Society, and Detroit Future Media Youth Programs. The visitor from Saudi Arabia thought Detroit far surpassed his expectations!