Moustapha Akkad to Be
Honored during MPAC Media Awards
Angeles, CA: The Muslim Public Affairs Council has announced
that it would honor the contributions of acclaimed Syrian-American
filmmaker Moustapha Akkad during its 15th Annual Media Awards
gala dinner in Los Angeles on April 29.
Akkad and his daughter Rima were among the more than 60
people killed as a result of the terrorist attacks in Amman,
Jordon on November 9, 2005. Moustapha Akkad, both a producer
and director, is well known among the Muslim community for
his 1976 movie, "The Message," which tells the
story of the early Muslim community as it was formed and
developed in Arabia. Five years later, he directed and produced
"Lion of the Desert," an epic film about a man
who leads a rebellion against the Italians in Libya. In
each of these movies, history was brought to life in a brilliant
and exceptional manner. Akkad has also completed eight "Halloween"
movies, and was working on the ninth before his death.
As an Arab Muslim, Moustapha Akkad overcame the difficulty
of being a stereotyped minority in Hollywood and was able
to achieve an unparalleled level of success as such. After
graduating from UCLA with a degree in Theater Arts and working
for MGM and the CBS TV News Department, he flourished on
his own with the creation of several of his own production
companies that produced his epic and thrilling movies. Akkad
had a passion for cinema that, in fact, inspired one of
his sons, Malik, to follow in his footsteps and become a
filmmaker as well.
Moustapha Akkad is survived by his former wife, Patricia
Akkad and their sons, Tarik and Malik, as well as his widow,
Suha Ascha Akkad, and their son Zaid. Akkad's family will
also be honored during this special tribute.
MPAC's 15th Annual Media Awards, which honors voices of
courage and conscience, will be given to Warner Independent
Pictures and Director Hany Abu-Assad for their Golden Globe
winning film "Paradise Now", Warner Brothers Pictures
for their widely acclaimed political thriller "Syriana",
and Salman Ahmed, creator of the wildly popular South Asian
music group "Junoon".
Since 1991, MPAC has honored artists, actors, authors, and
activists for their artistic contributions to tolerance
and diversity. Past recipients include Morgan Spurlock for
the "30 Days" episode "Muslims and America",
the Allah Made Me Funny Muslim Comedy Tour, Spike Lee, Karen
Armstrong, Hakim Olajuwan, Yusuf Islam and the producers
of VH1's "Behind the Music," Michael Moore, and
Purchase your tickets online at http://www.mpac.org/media-awards.aspx
or call (213) 383-3443 for more information. Tickets will
not be sold at the door, says an MPAC announcement.