Description of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and its celebration.
Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. Prince Among Slaves is based on the book by historian Terry Alford (1977) was conceived, designed, and executive produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), and received substantial NEH planning and production funding in 2005 and 2006. The companion website is a rich resource for contextualizing the film and book in American history , as well as addressing contemporary issues of identity and migration.
Portraits of American Muslims and short accounts of their contributions to their communities and the larger society.
A short article that highlights Muslim efforts helping black churches that were burned down in the south in June 2015. Muslims took the lead on rallying support to rebuild the Black Churches by raising its initial goal of $10,000 in just 12 hours,and later reaching $48,000.
What the statistics tell us is that in 2015, U.S. citizens were vastly more likely to be killed by a non-Muslim than a Muslim in a mass shooting (206 times more likely if there was 1 Muslim mass-shooting and 206 non-Muslim mass-shootings). From 1980-2005, 94 percent of terrorist acts on U.S. soil were perpetrated by non-Muslims.
In this article, the author is dispelling misconceptions about headscarf and sharing her belief as to why she and other Muslim women choose to wear the Hijab.
My Fellow American is a short film about the roles of American Muslims in civic and professional life. The companion website features video testimonials and stories by Americans who have interacted with American Muslims as colleagues, friends, and family members in the community at http://myfellowamerican.us/ AND http://myfellowamerican.us/videos AND film at https://www.upf.tv/films/my-fellow-american/
A short film about a young girl’s first time fasting with her family, takes the viewer through a day of fasting in Ramadan, to the end of Ramadan and the celebration called Eid al-Fitr. 7-10 minutes with discussion guide/lesson plan at http://www.upf.tv/wp-content/uploads/sites/196/2014/11/Ramadan-UPF-Video-Lessons_Final-Jan-2015.pdf
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly follows Monem Salam, a portfolio manager and the son of a Pakistani commercial pilot who dreams of learning to fly, and enrolls in a flight school, attracting the interest of the FBI in the process. His wife Iman’s family is Palestinian and although initially dubious about the marriage, now accepts the cultural differences. With three young children, Iman’s prankish student days are behind her. She’s happy to find time to cultivate her inner domestic diva, wisecracking about her entertaining skills and her husband’s flight plans. The lighthearted film explores the difficulties of his quest after 9/11 brings Muslims under suspicion. Good film for examining stereotypes.
A short article about Muslim leaders denouncing the recent terrorism in Paris. The article also pointed to responses from ordinary people on twitter with a reference of hashtag #TerrorismHasNoReligion.