Mooz-lum

On Monday, March 14th, on Here on Earth: Radio without Borders, Jean Feraca will talk with Qasim Basir, writer and director of Mooz-lum, and Dana Offenbach, the film’s producer. Mooz-lum tells the coming of age story of Tariq, a young man who is torn between a strict upbringing and his new freedom in college. Tariq’s struggle is complicated by the 9/11 attacks.

The show will examine the Muslim American experience, which has been largely overlooked. Moreover, it will address the misconceptions about Muslims that abound in mainstream American culture. Finally, by bringing in 9/11, Basir aims to show the audience that Muslim Americans were also affected by the attacks.

The film opened in select theaters on February 11th.

Have you seen the film? What do you think? What would you like to know about Muslim American experience? Please share your thoughts below.

MOOZ-lum

An upcoming Inside Islam radio show on March 14 will be on the new film “MOOZ-lum” that has been running in select since February.  The film premiered at the Urban World Film Festival in New York City this past September.

“MOOZ-lum” is a coming of age story about Tariq Mahdi, a Muslim American who is raised in a strict Muslim household and heads off to college. The film explores the struggles that Tariq faces with negotiating his relationship with his faith and his newly found freedom. The story is further complicated by the 9/11 attacks.

Director Qasim Basir said he decided to make the film because the images of Islam that are portrayed in the media do not reflect the faith that he lives. Moreover, he believes that there are not enough positive depictions of Muslims in Hollywood.

The film is based on Basir’s life and experiences and features well-known actors like Danny Glover and Nia Long. Basir hopes that the film will show the human perspective of Islam and that the audience will have a better idea of the experiences of Muslim Americans, specifically.

Would you be interested in a film that showed Muslim American experience? What do you think we can learn  from a film like this? What would you like to see in a radio show on the topic? Please share your thoughts below.

“Broccoli is My Personal Jihad”

A Land Called Paradise, Directed by Lena Khan:

Lena Khan won the One Nation Film Contest earlier this year with the video above, “A Land Called Paradise.” According to an article by Special Correspondent for American.gov Serena Kim, Khan has received a lot of attention since releasing the video. Kim writes:

Since the video’s launch, Khan has received hundreds of e-mails from people who say the video has made them cry, inspired them to open a discussion about Islam with their families or broken down walls built by stereotypes.

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Comedians Break Muslim Stereotypes

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Muslim comedian Preacher Moss founded the Allah Made Me Funny comedy group after September 11, 2001. Following years of touring around the world as a stand-up group, Azhar Usman, Mo Amer, and Preacher Moss filmed and produced a full-length movie of their performances. The movie showed in American theaters from October 3 to October 9, 2008.

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“Obsession” Video Sparks Online Debate over Muslims in the Media

“Obsession,” a film about “radical Islam’s war against the West,” is controversial both in its content and also because of its timely promotion just after the seventh anniversary of September 11, 2001, and weeks before the 2008 US presidential election. The film itself does not mention the presidential campaign and was actually produced back in 2006 by The Clarion Fund, a non-profit, making it illegal for the organization to take choose sides in campaign politics. On NPR critics of the film claimed producers and promoters of “Obsession” attempted to sway voter opinion in favor of John McCain.

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Videoblogger Ali Ardekani, a.k.a. Baba Ali

UPDATE: the Muslims in the Media show was changed to October 29, 2008. Reza Aslan will also join Here on Earth host Jean Feraca for the show.

Baba Ali is Co-founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company, Ali works to create Halaal or “Islamically permissible” entertainment, including a videoblog called “The Reminder Series.” Ali videoblogs on YouTube and on the Ummah Films site about Islam and Muslim culture under the alias Baba Ali. He lives and broadcasts from Los Angeles, CA.

Videoblogger Baba Ali, by Neil Macfarquar
Photo: New York Times, Neil Macfarquar

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Inside Islam’s first radio show: Here’s how you can listen and join the conversation

Heavy Metal Islam on Here on Earth (25 Sept 2008)

Today the first Here on Earth radio program for Inside Islam airs at 3 p.m. Central Time. There are several ways you can participate in this exciting initiative.

Update: Podcast of the show posted 10-10-2008

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