Film And Discussion: The Award-Winning Documentary "Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football"

Friday March 15, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Ann Arbor District Library is proud to host a screening and discussion of the award-winning 2011 documentary "Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football," which follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn as they practice for the big game during the last ten days of Ramadan. Co-produced by Emmy Award-winning journalist Ash-har Quraishi and award-winning documentary producer Basma Babar-Quraishi, the film won Best US Documentary Film at the Manhattan and Traverse City Film Festivals, the Special Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the DEADCenter Film Festival, the Audience and Founders Award at the 2011 Politics on Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at the Detroit-Windsor Film Festival and many more.

Dr. Matthew Stiffler, Professor at the University of Michigan, and researcher at the Arab American National Museum, will lead the post-film discussion.

The film reveals a community holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9/11 America. As the Fordson team readies itself to play its affluent cross-town rival, the film offers an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

This event is co-sponsored by sponsored by the UM Brehm Center, the EMU Brehm Center and the UM and EMU Brehm Scholars.