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)

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Genre: Documentary | Director: Robert Gardner | Language: English | Length: 117 minutes | Country: Mediterranean, Global | Year: 2007 | Rating: PG

Over a thousand years ago, Europe experienced one of its greatest periods of cultural enlightenment.For more than three centuries in Medieval Spain, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together and prospered in a thriving multicultural civilization. Here, remarkable individuals of different faiths made lasting contributions in such areas as poetry, art, architecture, music, dining etiquette, science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, navigation, textiles, and even hydraulic technology.

Their rich, complex culture reached a high point in the Mediterranean Middle Ages. However, larger forces in conquest of land and power brought about puritanical judgments, absolutism and religious extremism. The conflict they triggered extinguished the shared learning that once flourished in this enlightened land.

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain takes viewers through an engaging, insightful journey into this critical period in world history. This website allows you to further explore this significant past to better understand the present.

Lesson plans and classroom ideas available here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 6.C.1.2, WH.H.2.5, WH.H.3.1

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Genre: Documentary | Director: Robert Gardner | Language: English | Length: 56 minutes | Country: Global | Year: 2010 | Rating: NR

“Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims from around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll of this kind conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization. Focused on the issues of gender, justice, terrorism, and democracy, the film presents this remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts not fear. More information here.

Watch the documentary online here.

Visit here to download curriculum to accompany the film.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 6.C.1.2, WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.7