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MY FELLOW AMERICAN
Director: Rob Gardner
Producer: Alex Kronemer and Unity Productions Foundation
Winner of the FAIR USE AWARD
ABOUT THE FILM
Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other” that we don’t recognize most American Muslims were born in the U.S., or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.
These Muslims are our fellow Americans, who today face threats to their civil rights and even their personal safety because of the fearful and often hateful rhetoric that would not be tolerated were it uttered about any other minority group.
This two-minute PSA-type film makes these points by juxtaposing a few recent, actual public pronouncements about Muslims against images of American Muslims going about their everyday lives, contributing through their various professions and vocations to the fabric of our country. The film gives commonly recognizable faces, faces of neighbors and friends, to the people that the angry rhetoric vilifies as being “all terrorists.”
A national social media campaign that collects the stories of typical Americans accompanies this film on a website, Facebook page and Twitter account. These Americans share with us Muslims who are their friends and colleagues and who have made a difference in their lives. The site also invites people to sign a pledge that American Muslims are our fellow Americans and deserve the same respect as any of us.
My Fellow American. A friend. A neighbor. A Muslim.
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