NEW MAQAM
Film by Adam LaPalio

    NEW MAQAM

    Synopsis

    New Maqam is a documentary about a versatile musician who works to empower young refugees in Chicago through music literacy. Marwan Kamel helps to facilitate programs that build bridges between language, culture, and community, allowing his love for music to act as a tool for healing.

    Credits

    DIRECTOR | PRODUCER - ADAM LAPALIO
    CINEMATOGRAPHY - ADAM LAPALIO
    EDITOR - ADAM LAPALIO
    RE-RECORDING MIXER - STEPHEN HOLLIGER
    MUSIC - MARWAN KAMEL, CITY OF DJINN
    FILM ADVISOR - ANDREA WEISS
    TRANSLATORS - TARIQ ADELY, SARAH WEMY, TASNEEM HASAN, FATIMA MATOUSSE

    Cast

    MARWAN KAMEL
    SHAWN LENT
    AKRAM OBIDAT
    RETAJ OBIDAT
    MOHAMMAD OBIDAT
    ASMA OBIDAT
    MOHAMED RADWAN
    SAMAA
    ERBELLA
    AYA
    ONIKA
    GEORGE
    SALAM ABDULRAZZAK
    MOHAMED KHEER

    SPECIAL THANKS

    CCNY FILM FACULTY
    SYRIAN COMMUNITY NETWORK
    SUZANNA SAHLOUL
    PERFORMING ARTS LIMITED
    RITA GARCIA
    STEVE AND MARTHA LAPALIO

    Bio

    Adam LaPalio is a Documentary filmmaker and photographer based in New York City. His work navigates critical themes that often represent diverse and global communities, working to challenge bias, explore belonging, and overcome injustice.

    Adam studied filmmaking as a Post-Graduate at City College of New York, an Undergraduate at Columbia College Chicago, and mentored with the Writers Guild of America - while continuously expanding his multifaceted work in film and television. With extensive camera and production work in non-profit and social advocacy, Adam's capacity to reshape the common narrative was strengthened and evolved through a worldly lens.

    LaPalio's latest documentary film, New Maqam, portrays how the universal language of music harnesses trust and fosters peace for young resettled refugees in Chicago. It premieres June 2018 in New York.

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