The film is dedicated to a vision of whiteness that is anti-racist and rooted in economic justice.
Silk Road Rising's Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness is a documentary film that explores the complicated relationship of Arab and Slavic immigrants to American notions of whiteness.
Not Quite White expands the American conversation on race by zeroing in on whiteness as a constructed social and political category, a slippery slope that historically played favorites, advantaging Northern and Western European immigrants over immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe and the Middle East. Inspired by Jamil Khoury’s short play WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole, Not Quite White integrates scenes from WASP alongside interviews with Arab American and Polish American academics who reflect upon contested and probationary categories of whiteness and the use of anti-Black racism as a “whitening” dye.
In Not Quite White, director Jamil Khoury draws upon his own Arab (Syrian) and Slavic (Polish and Slovak) heritage as the lens through which to investigate the broader issue of immigrants achieving whiteness and hence qualifying as “fully American.” The film advances ongoing conversations about the meanings of whiteness and efforts aimed at redefining whiteness.
Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness is dedicated to a vision of whiteness that is anti-racist and rooted in economic justice.
Director of Photography & Editor
April 18, 2012 | Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
May 5, 2012 | Green Festival, hosted at Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
October 4, 2012 | Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
November 9-10, 2012 | 19th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 13, 2012 | Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
October 21, 2013 | DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
December 9, 2013 | American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
May 22, 2014 | University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
September 30, 2014 | Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
November 13, 2014 | Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, Chicago, Illinois
July 15, 2016 | The University of Chicago Startalk Program, Chicago, Illinois
January 25, 2018 | Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
May 1, 2018 | Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois
June 11, 2019 | American Center, Moscow, Russia
July 30, 2019 | Exelon Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
September 7, 2021 | Becoming: Unlearning White Supremacy workshop, hosted online by Collaboraction Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois
November 15, 2022 | Marhaba Business Resource Group at Nielsen, hosted online by The Nielsen Company, Charlotte, North Carolina
March 23, 2023 | Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio (Two Screenings)