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Popular rhetoric supposes Western and Islamic “civilizations” are bound to “clash.” But is this true?
This micro-documentary explores a heart-touching friendship between Molly (American) and Anum (Pakistan) as well as the positive and sometimes challenging experiences of two other Muslim exchange students in America.
Millions of Muslims around the world are being demonized as “extremists” or “terrorists” because of the heinous acts of a few. Much of this is fueled when media, politicians, and religious leaders present conflicts as binary oppositions—good vs. evil.
As these Muslim youth mature amidst this global context, they find themselves struggling to dissociate themselves from extremism. Western youth approach adulthood pre-conditioned to fear Muslims. Likewise, young Muslims often perceive Western youth as unanimously materialistic, immoral, and arrogant—devoid of family values, faith, and honor.
Director’s Note: My motivation in creating this short film was to “love my neighbor” as Jesus taught. It’s that simple. Muslims are my neighbor and yours, too. Breaking down harmful stereotypes in all directions is good for everyone. It helps us see each other as we are—people.
Directed & Produced by Mario Mattei
Edited by Peter Bergmeier
Photography & Graphics by Mario Mattei
Animation by Peter Bergmeier
Audio by Peter Bergmeier
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