Bilal Qureshi

Bilal Qureshi appears in the following:

Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.


Filmmaker Takes A Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Monday, February 09, 2015

Abderrahmane Sissako's film was inspired by the seizure of the Malian city by Islamist fighters in 2012. It has won international accolades with its lyrical beauty and critique of religious extremism.


In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

Monday, January 19, 2015

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.


'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.


In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Monday, October 13, 2014

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

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Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.


Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Monday, July 28, 2014

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.


Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

Monday, July 28, 2014

The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.


In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ayad Akhtar plumbs his past to grapple with what it means to be Muslim in America. While some accuse him of airing dirty laundry, Akhtar uses such questions not just for rupture but also for renewal.


Arrivals And Departures: Films Explore The Immigrant Experience

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Immigrant and Zinda Bhaag are idea-driven films that delve into the global arc of migration from different corners of the world.


Casey Kasem, A Signature Voice Of American Radio, Dies At 82

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kasem hosted one of the country's most popular countdown shows for four decades. (This piece originally aired June 15, 2014, on Weekend Edition.)


Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

Sunday, June 15, 2014

There was a time when you didn't know what the No. 1 song in America was until Casey Kasem said so. The listener had an emotional relationship with the American Top 40 host for four decades.


#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign Comes To Inaugural BookCon

Monday, June 02, 2014

BookCon planners knew the event would be filled with panels, author stalking and autograph opps for the Twitter set. What they didn't anticipate was a firestorm over their all-white lineup.


In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.


From Asghar Farhadi, More Questions Than Answers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Iranian director who made the Oscar-winning A Separation has scored more awards-season attention; his new film The Past, another wonderfully layered study of domestic dynamics, is up for a Golden Globe.


Finding 'Great Beauty' Amid Rome's Corruptions

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Great Beauty is the latest portrait of the city onscreen, in all its wonder, decadence, sinfulness and ugliness. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is also Italy's official entry for this year's Academy Awards.


For 'Blue,' The Palme d'Or Was Only The Beginning

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blue Is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now the French drama is arriving in U.S. theaters amid controversy over its explicit sex scenes — and public difficulties between the director and his stars.

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From Wrong To Right: A U.S. Apology For Japanese Internment

Friday, August 09, 2013

More than 100,000 people of Japanese descent were put in camps during World War II. Decades later and inspired by the civil rights movement, Japanese-Americans launched a campaign for redress that culminated in an official apology. The community marks the 25th anniversary of that victory this week.


An Epic Of India Gets A Canvas Its Own Size

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Midnight's Children, from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta, is a sweeping big-screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie's great novel of modern Indian history. NPR's Bilal Qureshi talks to the two storytellers about their collaboration on the project.


Riz Ahmed: Shifting Across Identities & Roles

Friday, May 03, 2013

Both as the lead character in the film The Reluctant Fundamentalist and in his life outside the cinema, British actor Riz Ahmed navigates many identities.