Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Rachel Raimist | Language: English | Length: 31 mins | Country: United States | Year: 2014 | Rating: NR

When one thinks of the American Deep South, the images of veiled students strolling campus may be last thing that comes to mind. Through interviews with students and faculty at Alabama, this film examines representations and issues of agency by asking: How do Muslim female students carve a space in a culture that thinks of Muslims as terrorists and Muslim women as backward? In a place where football is the bond that ties all– beyond religion, culture, race and ethnicity, there nothing more quintessentially Southern than Muslim girls in the stadium in their houndstooth scarfs, waving pompoms shouting “Roll Tide!”

Available to screen for a small fee online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, USH2.H.7.3, USH2.H.8.4, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football
Genre:
Documentary, History | Director: Rashid Ghazi | Language: English | Length: 92 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

‘Fordson’ follows a high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan as it prepares for its big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The story is set at Fordson High School, a public school, which was once all white, but now boasts a 98% Arab-American population. As we follow the team on the road to victory, ‘Fordson’ unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. ‘Fordson’ is an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, USH2.H.7.3, USH2.H.8.4, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)