My Fellow American

My Fellow American
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Robert Gardner | Language: English | Length: | Country: United States | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

My Fellow American was produced by Unity Productions Foundation in association with Gardner Films, Inc. It was directed by the Oscar-nominated, multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robert Gardner. My Fellow American was shot in Baltimore using some of the personnel who worked on the popular television series, The Wire. The voices heard in the film are actual excerpts found on YouTube, and were a small sample of such comments from various public figures, including law makers, radio and television personalities, and leading religious leaders.

My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, AH2.H.7, AH2.H.8, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)

Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember

Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Greg Barker | Language: English, Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 90 minutes | Country: Egypt, Global | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

There is a passage in the Qur’an that says if you memorize the Qur’an and teach it to others, you will be successful in this life and the next life.” In Koran by Heart, the young scholar who says this has already committed the entire Muslim holy book to memory. He has also earned a place in the Islamic world’s oldest Qur’an memorization contest—though he’s only ten.

Every year, about 100 of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age.

Koran by Heart captures the skill, determination, and faith of the young competitors, but never lets the viewer forget that they are children: the solemn girl we watch as she accepts a prize from the president of Egypt is the same high-spirited kid who squeals with delight on her first camel ride.

Viewing guide and related resources available here (Muslim Journeys | Item #308: “, August 21, 2015 http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/items/show/308.)

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards:  6.C.1.1, 6.C.1.2, 7.C.1.2, WH.H.2.5

Tahrir: Liberation Square

Tahrir: Liberation Square
Genre: Documentary | Director: Stefano Savona | Language: Arabic, English subtitles| Length: 91 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2011 | Rating: N/A

Soon after the first reports came about the occupation of Tahrir Square, filmmaker Stefano Savona headed for Cairo, where he stayed, amidst the ever-growing masses in the Square, for weeks. His film introduces us to young Egyptians … involved in a massive movement of street protest for political freedom.

“A welcome contrast to the Western media’s bird’s eye view of the seismic January revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the energetic verité documentary TAHRIR dives right into the action.” —Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.6