An American Mosque
An American Mosque is currently raising funds for its distribution effort – to broadcast on hundreds of PBS stations nationwide next Ramadan. This documentary is a groundbreaking account of the first mosque destroyed by arson in United States history and the Americans affected by this horrible hate-crime. In 1994, arsonists broke into a newly constructed mosque in Yuba City, California, doused prayer rugs with gasoline, then lit the building ablaze. The mosque was reduced to ashes. Most of the film’s characters are second-generation Americans. They speak passionately about hard work & anticipation, heartbreak & fear, triumph & hope. Their words are echoed by members of other faiths, who express their compassion, support, and shared desire for justice in the wake of the arson. Although deeply saddened, the community’s spirit was not shaken. They wanted to show that all Americans, including Muslims, are entitled to a religious sanctuary and the right to practice their faith openly. The community re-doubled their efforts and constructed a new mosque by 2000. For everyone involved, this film is the long-overdue recognition their struggle deserves.
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