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

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
Genre: Documentary | Director: Joshua Asen, Jennifer Needleman | Language: Arabic, French, English, English Subtitles | Length: 80 minutes | Country: Morocco | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

Our story begins with a group of Moroccan Hip Hop artists who share a single dream: to rock a professional concert for a hometown crowd. Unfortunately, resistance is strong in their society and resources scarce. With the help of the American filmmaker, they appeal to the American Embassy for funding and begin the journey that will leave to the “I Love Hip Hop in Morocco’ festival.

This film reflects the thoughts and dreams of the true future of the Arab world: its youth. These are not the images portrayed by the media, these are the real people. And their views on America, Islam, and the world in general, might surprise a few people around the globe.

Free for available online streaming here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.2

Slingshot Hip Hop

Slingshot Hip Hop
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Jacqueline Reem Salloum | Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, English Subtitles | Length: 83 minutes | Country: Palestine, Israel | Year: 2008 | Rating: N/A

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2