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My students were both amused and saddened by On A Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. Amused because the film presented the subject with a touch of humor, and saddened by the difficulty the family has in freely exercising their religion despite the promise of the First Amendment.
Students were engaged in a discussion about racism in general and in the workplace [after watching On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly].
On A Wing And A Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly was a great way to expose my students to a culture in a fun way, and led to a great discussion afterward! I have also made the video available to my colleagues, and several people have expressed interest in screening it for their classes.
[On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly] was a very positive learning experience for my students, it helped promote ideals of cultural respect.Mark Rummel
Dr. Paul Mojzes
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly helps remove some of the clichés about the alleged strangeness of Muslims and points to their successful assimilation into American life.
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/07/arts/television/07wing.html
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly is, if nothing else, a congenial exercise in cultural bridge building.... If there's any justice in the world, it will not only increase understanding of Muslim values, it will also drum up some business for Bellingham Aero.
[In On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly] the grown son of a commercial airline pilot yearns to fly, too, but when he decides to try for a private pilot’s license, friends wonder if he’ll land on the government’s 'no-fly' list.Bellingham Herald
Seattle Times http://seattletimes.com/html/dannywestneat/2004330771_danny06.html
Which is why Monem Salam had to do it.Well, proving a point wasn't the sole reason. Salam has dreamed of being a pilot since he was a boy in Pakistan. He was drawn to Bellingham Airport by the same force as everyone in his beginner's class. He wanted to touch the sky. [On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly]
[On a Wing And a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly] delves deep into the hearts and minds of a devout Muslim family living in small-town America. They laugh, they hope and they experience heartache, victories and failures in pursuit of their American dream. These modern-day Americans cast off stereotypes and refuse to succumb to victimhood despite being denied privileges afforded most other Americans.Muslim Observer http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=2080
Jay R. Wayne, NJ
Clearly, the most resounding point gathered by our students was seeing a traditional and religious Muslim family as really no different than any other typical suburban family in America. Our post-movie conversation [after watching On a Wing and A Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly] revealed some myths that the film dispelled.
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly showed my students that Americans are Americans and their religion, culture, and families can all coexist. Overall, the students loved the sincerity and look at one of our millions of Americans that call themselves Muslims.
[On a Wing and A Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly] was a great avenue for students to explore their feelings regarding big rock issues like war, fear, faith and even family.Joseph Naughton