A Film for PBS Learning Media from UPF
During the 2016 Presidential Campaign Season, candidates have each spoken about Muslims, some making sweeping statements. Candidate Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and while other Republican and Democratic candidates have criticized his position, what is missing from the discussion is meaningful data answering the most common questions about the Muslims already living in the United States: Who are they? What are their attitudes toward America? How do their values compare to those of other religious groups?
Unity Productions Foundation, a filmmaker for PBS, is pleased to offer you a new short film on the subject for your social studies classroom, appropriate for high school, college or university levels. The film has also been shown in hundreds of community centers, churches and government offices.
Entitled American Muslims: Facts v. Fiction, this 11-minute film uses research from The Gallup Organization, The Pew Forum, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, The U.S. Counterterrorism Center and other leading research organizations to address these questions while also explaining American Muslim contributions.
Standards of Learning Tie-In
- Contemporary discussions regarding the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
- Communicating with government officials, discussing current events and respecting differing opinions in a diverse society.
- Understanding diversity, stereotypes and prejudice.
Educators have found the film to be a useful tool. Shenandoah University Professor Calvin Allen said the film was "impressive, the diversity of the Muslim community has been demonstrated well," while Marcelina Edwards of Boston Public Schools wanted to use the film to "create a safe-space for discussing resurfacing anti-immigrant sentiments." Government officials have also given the film good reviews. Most notably, former New Hampshire Governor and U.S. Chief of Staff John Sununu said the film "made an important contribution to understanding the reality of American Muslims."
Letter to Teachers and Teacher and Student Evaluation Forms
American Muslims Film Teacher Discussion Guide
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Luby Ismail- Founder, Connecting Cultures, LLC
Aisha Rahman- Executive Director, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Saafir Rabb II- CEO, Interculture
Dalia Mogahed- Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Mark Sageman – Author, Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the 21st Century
Eli Clifton - Co–Author, Fear Inc: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America
Erin Miller – Program Manager, Global Terrorism Database
Tarek Elghwary – CEO, Coexist Foundation
Imam Mohammad Magid – Imam, ADAMS Center
Tarek El-Messidi – Founder, Celebrate Mercy
Director – Alex Kronemer
Executive Producers – Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe
Producer– Daniel Tutt
Producer– Jawaad Abdul Rahman
Production Coordinator – Faiza El-Hibri
UPM – Jeremy Morrison
Director of Photography – Nick Gardner, Jeremy Hall
Gaffer – Steve Scott
1st AC – Jason Remeikis, Sunil Davadanam
2nd AC – Matthew MacIntyre
Grip – Danny Balsamo, Ashley Bensel
Sound Recordist – Alex Jennings
Makeup – Jessie, D’Angelo, Christine Wasilewski
Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsor:
Foundation for Intelligent Giving (FIG)
Inner-City Muslim Action Network
Jessica Censotti - Censotti Communications
IMANA Medical Relief SaveSmile Mission in Sudan