I’m teaming up with the New 400 Theaters once again to host a free screening of a timely and thought-provoking film.
Join me at the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan, this Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 p.m., for a screening of “The Muslim Next Door,” an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s America Inside Out with Katie Couric. The film documents the pressures and opportunities that Muslim American’s face in our nation. It runs slightly less than an hour.
Below is a summary of the documentary:
Muslims in America are stepping into the spotlight: from the Hadid sisters to Mahershala Ali and the coterie of comedians on “The Daily Show” who have made us laugh at our own biases. A new generation is being loud and proud about its heritage. At the same time, anti-Muslim sentiment, rhetoric and hate crimes are higher now than after Sept. 11, 2001.
Katie Couric begins this journey with comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi to learn more about why this moment is a time of great pressure, and opportunity for Muslim Americans. A proposed travel ban has the support of more than half the population, and our current President openly ponders asking Muslims in this country to register with the federal government.
Couric spends time with a Muslim community in Raleigh, North Carolina, reeling from a tragic hate crime; meets a glamorous young model who is a Somali refugee; hangs out in Brooklyn with a Muslim hip-hop artist, Olympic medalist and tech entrepreneur; and tells the story of a doctor in rural Minnesota who is taking it upon himself to fight the misunderstanding that has subjected his children and wife to bullying.
How do we balance our fears with fairness? What is it really like to be Muslim in America?
Please join me for this extremely timely film and stay for an informal discussion after the show.