By Raphael Dent
“I’m extremely optimistic that the release of our film will have the
power to give a voice to some and enlighten many others.”
~ Qasim Basir
Every now and then, there comes a time when a group of people has the focus of the world. With them there comes love, hate, interest and misunderstanding. Native-American. African-American. Hispanic-American. Asian American. In recent years, this have been a group of people the world has been longing to know more about. Muselim, MOOzLUM, or Muslim American. The lack of information and awareness available to the general public supports the lack of love the Muslim community has endured as a whole. A recent poll shows that only 30% of Americans have a positive view of Islam. Writer/Director Qasim Basir, in the first American feature of its kind, aims to humanize the Muslim experience in his film MOOZ-lum, set for release in theaters on February 11, 2011.
Basir was born and raised in Sunni Muslim, where the largest sect of Islam is practiced in the world today. It is important for this director to present an honest, universal view of his community. “I’m extremely optimistic that the release of our film will have the power to give a voice to some and enlighten many others.” In order to get past discrimination and intolerance, there needs to be a forum. This film is a catalyst to prompt truthful conversations hoping for forgiveness, tolerance, hope and identity for generations to come. Read the full interview in the premiere issue of CINEMATIQ Magazine.