Talking Through Walls : How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community (DVD)
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Publisher/Manufacturer: Unity Productions Foundation (2009) Product specifications: Color; Approximately 57 minutes Item type: Documentary DVD
Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community is a compelling story of the American spirit. 1 hour.
The film takes viewers into the life and struggle of Zia Rahman, a determined but ailing man, who sets out to build a mosque in his suburban community. Against the backdrop of post 9/11 fears that threaten to scuttle the project, a coalition forms that includes a Catholic Priest, two Rabbis, and a Buddhist, who join Zia to support his efforts. There’s power in their union and they ultimately succeed in helping to get the mosque built, revealing the best of American ideals at one of the most difficult times in American history.
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Now Zia is a tireless advocate of interreligious understanding and the mosque frequently hosts interfaith events.
The film explores some of the difficulties faced by American Muslims since post 9/11 and shows how American patriotism is not only reflected in an outward projection of our strength, but also by the defense of our values, especially the bedrock value of liberty and justice for all.
Talking Through Walls is set for launch on public television in 2009. Prior to the 2009 airing of Talking Through Walls, we’re seeking community organizations, faith-based groups, and interfaith coalitions interested in hosting community dialogues with the film.