This Weekend, Catch Two Films about Muslim American Experience

September 7, 2011


This weekend, in commemoration of the 9/11 Tragedies, two important films that highlight the American Muslim experience will be released.  

USA Network will air Travis Fine’s feature "The Space Between" on Sept. 11, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. MPAC's Hollywood Bureau was honored to serve as a consultant on the film, which depicts an American Muslim boy named Omer whose father drives a cab by night and works in the World Trade Center by day. 

While Omer is in the air en route to Los Angeles where he is to attend an Islamic school for gifted students, the 9/11 attacks happen.  A flight attendant who lost her husband helps Omer trek back across the country to New York in hopes of finding his father, generating many comic moments due to the contrast between them. 

The film portrays Muslim Americans in a favorable manner as Omer prays five times a day, which actually causes the traveling duo to be kicked off a bus. The Islamophobia Muslim Americans suffered post 9/11 is vividly portrayed in this poignant tale, such as when Omar tries to stand up to a bully who does not know the difference between an Arab and a Pakistani. 

This is a great human story about how to survive the loss of a loved one.

Also, the long anticipated documentary “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” is scheduled for national release tomorrow, Sept. 9.

The 20th Annual MPAC Media Awards Honoree follows four Muslim high schoolfootball players as they prepare for a rivalry game during their senior year that fallsduring the last 10 days of Ramadan. The film focuses not only on the players’ struggleto prepare for a big game while fasting, but also the adversity faced by the predominantlyMuslim community in a Post 9-11 America.

Set in Dearborn, MI, at Fordson High School, which was built by Henry Ford in 1922, the school, which was once an all-white school, now has a 98 percent Arab population.

"Fordson" is scheduled to run for one-week at AMC theaters in Atlanta, Chicago, the Washington, DC, area, Dallas, Dearborn, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York,New Jersey, San Francisco and San Jose.

Click here to view where it will be playing inyour city.

- Deana Nassar
(deana@mpac.org)
Hollywood Liaison 

 



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