People To People Dialogue:
Resources for Greater Understanding
Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
is a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores
the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed
in the worlds first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the
preeminent polling organization. As part of this groundbreaking six-year
project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents
in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, as well as smaller populations in
Europe and the USA. The broad extent of the polling has delivered findings
for the worlds 1.4 billion Muslims with a plus or minus accuracy
Legacy of a Prophet
is history in the present tense, telling the fascinating story of Muhammad
through the lives of contemporary American Muslims. This is the biography
of a man who changed the course of history 1,400 years ago, and lives
today in the United States through the Americans who consider him to be
a Gods prophet. 2 hours.
of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
tells the epic story of one of the worlds great civilizations: the
European Islamic civilization of Muslim Spain. Its rise and fall was due
in large part to the rise and fall of tolerance among its Christian, Muslim,
and Jewish inhabitants. As we stand at a crossroads of history today,
it is a story with much to say about the dangers of a clash of civilizations.
recounts the true story of an African Muslims prince who was captured
and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement,
he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined
in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man,
who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity
or his hope for freedom. 1 hour.
Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community
takes viewers into the rural town of Voorhees, New Jersey and documents
the struggle of Zia Rahman to build a mosque in his community. Against
the backdrop of post 9/11 fears that threaten to scuttle the project,
a coalition of Jews, Catholics, Buddhists and others join Zia to support
his efforts, revealing the best of American ideals at one of the most
difficult times in American history. 1 hour.
a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly
follows Monem Salam, a U.S. born Muslim with a very inconvenient dream:
since childhood hes wanted to get his pilots license. Several
years after 9/11, he decides its safe to try. The call from FBI
is only the beginning of his problems. The film alternates between gentle
humor and white-knuckle moments to delve into the life of a devout Muslim
American family as they pursue happiness and the American dream. 1 hour.
Made Me Funny
a landmark concert film, follows acclaimed comedians Mo Amer, Azhar Usman,
and Preacher Moss on stage and off as they lift the veil to reveal the
humorous truth of what it's really like to be Muslim in
Projects supported by Unity Productions:
A project of Foment Films supported by Unity Productions Foundation.
UPF is pleased to announce a grant to an innovative documentary from Foment
Films, entitled A Son's Sacrifice. This unique 30-minute film unites the
visions of two first generation American filmmakers from very different
backgrounds. Co-produced by Yoni Brook, the son of a Jewish Israeli immigrant,
and Musa Syeed, the son of Muslim Kashmiri immigrants, the film shows
how the struggle to define one's identity spans religion and nationality.
a UPF Film Screening:
Unity Productions provides extensive publicity tools, press
releases, information about speakers
available, etc, available at their website. Please click on the respective
films independent page for more information, and if you are interested
in conducting a screening contact Daniel Tutt at email@example.com
All films are eligible for screenings after their formal DVD release.
These DVDs are licensed for home use only. Teachers may also screen these
films in their classrooms for educational purposes. To order any DVDs
call 888-786-0444 or visit the UPF
shop on ther website.
For any public screening, permission is required and screening fees should
be paid. After the application is approved and payment received, an approval
letter will be sent authorizing you to conduct a single public screening.
Unity Productions Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that
raises donations and fees to cover its expenses. A screening fee is charged
for public licensing and to recover the costs associated with each film
and its educational projects.
Screening fees can be waived if you conduct a dialogue party.
dialogue is a community movie screening and discussion using a UPF
film. For more information, please visit 20,000 Dialogues at www.20000dialogues.org.
For your event to qualify
as a community dialogue, you must:
together a coalition of three to five diverse civic organizations. A civic
organization (faith-based, business, community service, interfaith, or
arts and culture) agrees to collaborate with you and support your film
screening and dialogue. These organizations help you, the lead organizer,
with funding, publicity, or logistical support, etc. To promote a rich
dialogue, try to partner with civic organizations of diverse viewpoints
small group dialogues after the film.
Steps in Organizing a Community Dialogue:
Once you have reserved a date and a location for your film screening,
complete this online form and receive the free UPF film to view and discuss
in your community dialogue.
an Orientation Webinar
Contact the 20,000 Dialogues team to receive an orientation webinar. To
learn more about or schedule the webinar, contact Daniel Tutt, Outreach
Coordinator, at Daniel@20000dialogues.org. The orientation webinar can
be customized for your staff and for partners.
Download resources to use before your community dialogue (icebreakers
and an orientation presentation), during your dialogue (discussion guides
and dialogue packets), and after your dialogue (evaluation forms).
Learn how to find people in your community who might want to participate
in your dialogue and to use online invitation tools such as Evite. Download
the text for an invitation e-mail.
Download the pre-dialogue and post-dialogue evaluation forms for discussion
participants and facilitators.
Why Muslims? Why Now?
The misunderstandings between mainstream
Americans and Muslims cause enormous challenges in our society. By enabling
people to watch and discuss a film about Muslims, 20,000 Dialogues builds
relationships across faiths, even at a time when current events cause
tension. The 20,000 Dialogues idea is simple: watch a film and discuss
it. The goals of 20,000 Dialogues are clear: build relationships, create
a forum for sharing knowledge and opinions, and encourage greater understanding.
Please Send Application to:
Unity Productions Foundation
1200 29th St NW