U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the National Museum of Islamic Civilization and Art

Thank you to Minister of Culture Dr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine for your kind invitation to attend this ceremony and share this project with you.  And thank you also to Governor Hamdi for your warm hospitality in this significant and historic city.  Finally, I want to give my thanks to Mr. Faouzi Mahfoudh, General Director ...
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Ambassador Speaks at Star-Studded Closing Ceremony of Heros Build Project

On March 7, the El Makhzen Culturel Association organized the closing Ceremony of the Embassy –funded Heroes Build II project, at Cine Madart in Carthage. The project provided 10 young film students from throughout the country with expert training and equipment to make short documentaries or fictional films to illustrate their vision of Tunisia. The ...
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Embassy Reaches Exchange Candidates at Comic Con Tunisia, with Marvel Comics Artist David Mack

From July 7 to 9, the Embassy participated in the second edition of Comic Con Tunisia, where nearly eight thousand Tunisians in the comics, video gaming, and digital arts communities flocked to Le Kram Exhibition Center to connect, network and share their passion and interests. With the aim of promoting exchanges recruitment, supporting the nascent local animation ...
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Public Affairs Section Hosts American Film Showcase Program Envoy Lesley Chilcott

The American Film Showcase program was back in Tunisia in May, this time with award- winning director and producer Lesley Chilcott and her thrilling and heartfelt documentary CodeGirl. The film focuses on high school girls developing smart phone applications to solve social issues, trying to better their communities through technology and collaboration. Lesley’s camera followed ...
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DanceMotion USA brings Keigwin + Company, leaves behind memorable choreography and collaboration

In late March, American modern dance troupe Keigwin + Company visited Tunisia from New York City as part of the DanceMotion USA program, their final stop on a tour across Africa. The American company engaged in daily workshops with 35 professional Tunisian dancers, concluding with a collaborative performance at the El Halfaouine Tunisian National Theatre. ...
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“NEXT LEVEL” in Tunis

The Embassy Tunis Public Affairs Section sponsored a week long hip-hop workshop series “Next Level” – featuring four American hip-hop artists who worked with young aspiring Tunisian artists to share techniques and culture.  The visit culminated with a performance on February 12 and an “open jam” in which students and the audience of other local ...
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Cheryl Miller Houser, Co-Director of the Documentary “Generation Startup” Visit to Tunis

As part of the American Film Showcase program, Cheryl Miller Houser visited Tunis to screen her documentary Generation Startup, which follows 6 recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit, Michigan. Screenings took place in the American Corner Tunis on January 17, in the IHEC (Institute of Higher Commercial Studies) ...
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Smithsonian-Tunisia Collaboration Workshop 2016

Representatives from the Smithsonian Institution visited Tunisia to conduct a workshop on cultural tourism, marketing, and security.  Organized in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and Handcrafts and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the workshop brings together experts from museums across Tunisia.    This workshop was the final stage of a project resulting from President Beji Caid ...
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Ambassador Presents Award for Best Heroes Build Graffiti Mural

MC Rai drew hundreds of people to the El Mourouj Cultural Center Saturday night for the final Heroes Build concert.  In addition to MC Rai’s world music performance, Tunisian hip hop artist Artmasta entertained the crowd.   MC Rai’s set enamored the energetic audience, melding the bagpipe, ney, darbouka and kanun harmoniously with guitars and keyboard.  ...
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Ambassador Presents Awards to Young Filmmakers

The Ambassador presented awards to six winners of two Public Affairs video contests.  The theme of the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 contest, which was promoted on social media, was volunteerism.  The creators of the three top short films came from Djerba, Monastir and Tunis.  The second contest was for film-school students,  who created short ...
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MC RAI Tours in Gabes and Tozeur

  On October 18-19, Tunisian-American musical artist MC Rai brought his unique fusion of classic Algerian rai and western music to Gabes and Tozeur. Taking the stage in Gabes Tuesday night, along with his band and several local musicians, MC Rai played for more than 500 attendees in the Place des Arts. His second concert, ...
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Smithsonian Tunisia digital campaign

To support the development of Tunisian cultural tourism, the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism develops marketing plans and promotional materials for Tunisian cultural sites and the Bardo Museum. Star Wars Locations Native Story From ancient Berber homes to a manmade desert igloo, these are the iconic Star Wars’ sets you can visit in ...
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Two Tunisian Musicians Shine in the OneBeat Program

Young Tunisian musicians Houyem Ghattas and Iskander Dridi joined 23 musical change makers from across the world to take part in take part in OneBeat , one of the U.S. Department of State’s musical diplomacy programs.  This year, OneBeat focuses on Musical Migrations, exploring how large movements of people have shaped music, and conversely, how music can encourage dialogue, peace ...
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A Historical Overview of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

“Democratic Drama or Democratic Decline: Making Sense of the 2016 US Presidential Election.”  This captivating subject drew more than one hundred students from Tunis Business School (TBS) and the Sousse College of Arts and Humanities (FLSHS) to a talk and Q & A with political analyst and Washington Institute for the Near East Policy fellow Dr. Sarah Feuer . Dr. Feuer, whose opinions are not affiliated with ...
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Tunisia’s First Comic Con Attracts 7,500

Organizers of the first Comic Con in North Africa, which was held September 2 to 4 in Tunis, said around 7,500 attended the weekend activities. Sponsored in part by the Embassy, Comic Con commemorated the 40th anniversary of the filming of the first Star Wars movie in Tunisia, but also attracted fans of cosplay, manga, ...
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Embassy Partners with Tunisian NBA Star Salah Mejri

The Ambassador hosted an August 19 lunch for Dallas Maverick Salah Mejri , the first Tunisian to play in the NBA; his former Tunisian coach; and representatives of NBA-Africa and Mejri’s SM50 Foundation. After the lunch, Mejri held a press conference at the Embassy to announce the three basketball clinics his foundation organized in Tunis, Nabeul and ...
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American Idol Star Melinda Doolittle Charms Tunisian Audiences

Singer Melinda Doolittle, a finalist on American Idol’s sixth season, performed at festivals in Sousse, El Jem and Sfax during the first week of August.   Doolittle, her four-member band and three back-up singers wowed audiences with a rousing 90-minute set of classic American R&B, soul and jazz.  One highlight was the singer’s cover of Britney ...
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Café Talk Online Platform Launch

Embassy representatives attended the launch of the Café Talk online platform (www.cafetalks.org ). The platform allows participants to join or host café talks in their region while learning about other debates held country-wide. Managed by the International Institute of Debate and funded by the U.S. Embassy, Café Talk has been running since February in ten regions ...
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Logo Design Contest to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia

Congratulations to Mohamed Ben Haj Hmida, the winner of the contest. This logo will  be used throughout the year, from June-2016 to June-2017 on the Embassy website, social media sites, business cards, posters and anywhere else the Embassy chooses. Thank you to all the contestants for their creative submissions. In 1956, the United States opened its Embassy in Tunis. From ...
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“Far From Home” Inspires Tunisian Youth

Phil Hessler, a 22-year-old student-turned-filmmaker, came to Tunisia as part of the State Department’s American Film Showcase to screen his documentary Far From Home. The film tells the story of Phil’s adopted brother Brolin Mawejje and his remarkable journey from a tumultuous Ugandan childhood to a new life in the U.S., where he’s working to ...
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Embassy Team Visits Raqqada National Museum 

The Tunisian Ministry of Culture hosted Public Affairs Counselor Michael Macy and a Public Affairs section team at the Raqqada National Museum of Islamic Art in Kairaouan.  Housed in a former presidential palace, the museum boasts a unique collection of Islamic art masterpieces dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries.  Following a guided tour, ...
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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Met with the “Heroes Build” Team

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon met with the core team of the U.S. Embassy funded project entitled Heroes Build  inTunis.  Heroes Build team members delivered a two-fold presentation: a general overview about the program and a video showcasing the series of completed graffiti tags and concerts.  The Under Secretary of ...
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Celebrating Culture and Inter-faith Dialogue in the Tunis Medina

Ambassador Rubenstein visited El Makhzen cultural center in the Tunis Medina, where he was interviewed by Al Wataniya TV and joined an audience of Tunisian actors, actresses, students and teachers for a screening of the American Film Showcase documentary Of Many. Director Linda Mills participated in a lively post-film discussion about the role that art ...
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Of Many: A Chance for Interfaith Dialogue

The U.S. Embassy had the pleasure to visit the Gammarth Higher Institute of Audiovisual and Film Studies (ESAC) and the Higher School of Audiovisual and Design (ESAD) this week, where U.S. filmmaker Linda Mills, visiting Tunisia as part of the American Film Showcase (AFS) program, screened Of Many, her 30-minute documentary of the extraordinary friendship between an orthodox rabbi and an imam, both of whom serve as university chaplains ...
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U.S. filmmaker Linda Mills and American Film Showcase (AFS) Representative Alan Baker Spoke at Radio Nationale Tunisienne

U.S. filmmaker Linda Mills and American Film Showcase (AFS) representative Alan Baker were guests of Amani Boulares of Radio Nationale Tunisienne.  Both Ms. Mills and Mr. Baker gave a comprehensive overview about Of Many, a 30-minute documentary screened in ‪‎Tunisia‬ as part of the American Film Showcase program, and expressed their excitement at the opportunity ...
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Baseball Equipment Donation to Baseball and Softball Federation

  Ambassador Walles donated earlier today a variety of ‪‎baseball equipment to youth training centers affiliated with the Tunisian Federation of Baseball and Softball. The event, which was held at the Municipal stadium in ‪‎Megrine, featured the presence of the Federation President Saber Jlajla and many baseball fans such as MP Ali Belakhoua. Following the ...
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MLKJ 2015 Video Contest

Martin Luther King, Jr. Video Contest 2015 “Volunteering” UPDATE – March 31, 2015 U.S. Embassy Tunis thanks all those who participated in the #MLKJ2015  contest. Each contestant deserves recognition for the effort and commitment he showed in creating a video. We received a number of amazing entries, but three videos really stood out for their originality, ...
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Lebanese American Writer, Artist, and Actress Leila Buck Conducted a Workshop at the Youth Complex in Sfax

Lebanese American writer, artist, and actress Leila Buck conducted a workshop at the Youth Complex in Sfax for primary school teachers on the role of performing arts in education.  Fifty-five teachers enthusiastically participated in the interactive event, conducted in Arabic and French.  A participatory approach enabled attendees to grasp the importance of dramatic arts education in ...
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