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« on: Mar 14, 2009 06:50 AM »


It does look cool  Grin Coming to PBS in June apparently...

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009 05:33 AM »

Yayyy it's here!! mark your calendars all!!

   http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2009/newmuslimcool/preview.html

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Visit the P.O.V. pressroom for photos, press release and the filmmaker statement.
   

Broadcast Date:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 10PM (90 minutes)
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009 07:55 PM »

Two more additional videos here:

http://tv.muxlim.com/channel/NewMuslimCool

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2009 07:18 PM »

I just happend to run across this today: http://www.pbs.org/pov/newmuslimcool/

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 26, 2009 02:50 AM »

You can watch the whole thing from the PBS website as well (usually for a limited time). Gonna watch it now and will post my thoughts Smiley

http://www.pbs.org/video/video/1160843137/search/new%20muslim%20cool
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 26, 2009 06:29 AM »

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Ok watched it... Thought it was very well done ma'shallah. Really beautiful and soulful. One thing though I wish they had added a little more was 'what islam is' like a tiny introduction or something. I think they wanted to show 'what islam is' by the actions of the brother and following his life, but I think for the average person watching it, they'd be like the bros latino family who are like 'we still don't know what islam is'?? So other than that I thought it was a great documentary. They showed the whole mosque raid experience well and what it's like to always have police cars following you or the worry that one day you'll be taken away from your family without warning. The ending was just  :'( in a good way. Great job ma'shaAllah!
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 27, 2009 04:59 PM »

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Thanks for the link! It was very well done. Agree with your points. Some great scenes in the documentary, especially when the Jewish woman reflects on jihad! Wink

I found him very inspirational. May Allah bless him and his family...
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 13, 2009 02:31 AM »

Review from the NYT:

Television Review | 'New Muslim Cool'
Islam, Hope and Charity Inspire Dealer Turned Rapper
“New Muslim Cool,” a film by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, is not a documentary about Muslim style, Muslim clubs or Muslim power cliques rising out of New York or Los Angeles as an emerging entertainment force. Aesthetically, the film, to be shown Tuesday as part of the “P.O.V.” series on PBS, has no investment in cool at all. Shot primarily in grim quarters of Pittsburgh, it chronicles the life of a young religious convert to quietly explore the porousness of cultural identity and the immense challenges presented to a man dramatically trying to reinvent himself in the face, essentially, of sanctioned prejudices.


Born to a Puerto Rican Roman Catholic family, Jason Pérez grew up fearing that he would be dead or imprisoned by the time he was 21. The concern was hardly irrational — he was a drug dealer. But then at 20, he found peace and answers in Islam, changing his first name to Hamza and dedicating himself to spirituality, music (Muslim-inspired hip-hop) and good works. The interviews he gave around some of his rap music, though, later come back to haunt him.

Divorced, he longs for the stability of married life because, as he explains, “in Islam we don’t have boyfriend and girlfriend.” Eventually, through an online Muslim social network, he meets Rafiah in Pittsburgh (“I liked the process,” she says of Internet dating, because it “eliminated anything, it eliminated any lust or attraction, where you get distracted and you don’t ask them important questions”) and starts a religious community to convert troubled young people to Islam. Things go well until the F.B.I. raids his mosque.

“New Muslim Cool” possesses a kind of beauty that sneaks up on you: it is in Hamza’s humility, in the dignity with which he confronts so much of his misfortune, in his commitment to rehabilitating drug dealers because, in his mind, no one else will. Some of the most moving moments in the film take place during Hamza’s prison lectures. He is brought in to give faith-based talks at a Pittsburgh jail, but again, misperceptions about his past wind up scuttling his noble agenda.

Hamza approaches every human encounter as an opportunity to get closer to God; the film is an opportunity to access a closer view of human decency.

P.O.V.

New Muslim Cool

On most PBS stations on Tuesday night (check local listings).

Directed and produced by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor; Kauthar Umar and Hana Siddiqi, co-producers; David Sarasti, Jon Shenk and Mark Knobil, cinematographers; Kenji Yamamoto, editor. Produced by Specific Pictures in association with Latino Public Broadcasting and the Center for Asian American Media.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 17, 2009 08:07 PM »

As-salaamu alaikum - Finally got a chance to watch the film. WOW, it was awesome. Props to Br. Hamza! It was a really deep and inspiring story. May Allah (swt) continue to give and his family Success and Protection. Ameen.

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