The 5pm Post – The Muslim Film Festival

From an email:

The Muslim Film Festival will be held in Washington, D.C. from April 19th to 27th, 2011. The festival is organized by the American Islamic Congress and Project Nur.

Titled “Generation: Muslim,” the festival acknowledges the estimated 65% of the world Muslim population who are under the age of 30. This generation continues to demand international attention for their ongoing protests in the Middle East and for their outspoken apprehension of recent congressional hearings on radicalization in the American-Muslim community.

Five films will be screened at different venues around DC accompanied by panel discussions with filmmakers, authors and prominent figures in the community.

The film lineup is as follows:

2009 Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize selection “No One Knows About Persian Cats” directed by Bahman Ghobadi, exposes the consequences Iranian youth face in their mission to produce rock music at 6pm on Tuesday, April 19th at West End Cinema.

2007 Tribeca Film Festival Winner for Best Screenplay and Best Actor “Making Of” directed by Nouri Bouzid, offers a controversial tale of the radicalization one young man undergoes in Tunisia at 6pm on Wednesday, April 20th at the EQB Lounge at American University.

2010 Sundance Film Festival selection “The Taqwacores” directed by Eyad Zahra, depicts the vibrant underground subculture of Muslim punk-rockers in upstate New York at 6pm on Thursday, April 21st at American University’s Wechsler Theater.

2010 Berlin International Film Festival selection “Shahada” directed by Burhan Qurbani unveils the clash between tradition and modernity in contemporary German society at 6pm on Tuesday, April 26th at the JC Cinema at George Mason University.

2010 Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film “Un Prophete” directed by Jacques Audiard, tracks a young man’s attempt to reconcile his self worth in the face of xenophobia in French prisons at 6pm on Wednesday, April 27th at West End Cinema.

All screenings are free, and open to the public. For more information on the screenings please visit

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