Films on Muslims

The Muslims Are Coming!

Comedy 2012 NR 1hr 24m. Hoping to counter Americans’ negative attitudes toward Islam, a clutch of Muslim-American comedians launch a national tour for laughs.

Muslims

Documentary 2002 NR 120 minutes. This incisive documentary explores the culture, practices and belief systems of Muslims (the world’s most populous group). The film looks at the religion’s many factions and interviews believers and scholars from around the world to present a well-rounded view of a diverse and important culture — one that is often misunderstood.

Muslims (Frontline)

Documentary Frontline. This report Muslims tells the stories of Muslims struggling to define how Islam and their Islamic faith will shape their lives and societies.

Link to view Frontline show Muslims on internet free

Islam: Empire of Faith

Documentary 2000 NR160 minutes. Explore a thousand years of the history and culture of Islam in this stunning documentary. Using the visual techniques of a motion picture, this production re-creates vanished worlds with authentic costumes, full-scale structures, striking stunts and gorgeous locales. From the deserts of seventh-century Arabia to the palaces of the Ottoman Empire, viewers will travel through time for a rare glimpse into the past.

Islam: What the West Needs to Know

Documentary 2006 NR 98 minutes. Claiming that Islam is inherently violent and seeks to destroy all other faiths, cultures and systems of government, this provocative film presents Islamic writings to prove that fanaticism is not limited to just a few misguided souls. In interviews, noted experts on Islam refute mainstream media, diplomats and officials who have described Islam as a peaceful religion and that those who commit violence in its name represent a radical fringe.

Inside Islam

Documentary 2002 NR 100 minutes. This ambitious, wide-ranging documentary from the History Channel covers Muhammad’s revelation, the growth of the Islamic religion and cultural matters that tend to puzzle non-Muslims about the ancient culture. Sacred sites are visited, and scholars such as Khaled About el Fadl are interviewed in this fascinating look at a faith that’s held by millions throughout the world, but often misunderstood due to the actions of extremists.

Inside Mecca

Documentary National Geographic 2003 NR 60 minutes. Journey to the very heart of Islam with this captivating documentary exploring the holy city of Mecca. Learn about Mecca’s historical significance in Islam and experience the powerful meaning of the haji, as seen through the eyes of three pilgrims.

FILMS ON MUSLIMS IN IRAN

The Stoning of Soraya M

Docudrama 2008 R 116 minutes. Set in 1986 Iran at the start of Khomeini’s reign, director Cyrus Nowrasteh’s drama tells the true story of Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), whose husband plots to have her falsely accused of adultery so he can divorce her and marry a young girl. French journalist Freidoune (Jim Caviezel) is pulled into Soraya’s tragic story when he meets a desperate woman named Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo).

Not Without My Daughter

Docudrama 1991 PG-13 1hr 55m. In this fact-based thriller, Sally Field plays an American housewife who finds herself virtually trapped in Tehran when she accompanies her Iranian husband on a vacation to his native country — and he decides to relocate the family to his homeland.See Full Review

FILMS ON MUSLIMS IN AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan: A Cry for Help
Living in a Patriarchy

Documentary Frontline / World 2008. Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair has been documenting the plight of women in Afghanistan since 2003. Social and domestic abuse and the tradition among Afghan men to take child brides has caused increasing numbers of women to take their own lives. Most resort to self-immolation and those who survive suffer horrific injuries. These are some of their stories.

A Mighty Heart

Docudrama 2007 R 1hr 47m. While in Pakistan researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid in 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is suddenly kidnapped, prompting his pregnant wife (Angelina Joli) to launch a desperate search to find him in this riveting drama.

WAR ON TERROR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MUSLIMS

Internment of German-Americans during WW2 is a relevant lesson, since today the Alien Enemies Act is still in use for the “War on Terror”.  It is important to acknowledge that yet another civil liberties violation happened here on American soil.

Children of Internment

Documentary 2014 86 min. Thousands of German families were interned by the United States during World War 2. (It is a common misperception that only Japanese-Americans were interned during WW2.) This wartime internment of German-Americans remains generally unknown to most Americans — and largely overlooked by historians. Nearly 11,000 German “aliens” were interned and tens of thousands more suffered illegal searches and seizures, relocation, harassment, interrogation, family separation, deportation and repatriation to Germany. All immigrants to the USA are labelled “aliens” until they learn English and pass tests to become US “citizens”. Many immigrants after the end of World War One took the steps to become US “citizens”, but many others remained technically classified as “aliens”, perhaps too busy trying to earn a living to learn English and pass the citizenship tests. So this group of new Americans were technically still citizens of Germany, and these “aliens” unprotected by the US Constitution could be interned for no good reason.  See Full Review

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