Award Winning Documentary Film: New Muslim Cool- Mar 25

New Muslim Cool

Date:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students and faculty members are invited to attend the award winning and powerful documentary film, New Muslim Cool.  .  Discussion after the film will be led by Dr. Laurie Semmes, a professor of music history and musicology. 

ABOUT THE FILM: New Muslim Cool touches upon Muslim-American hip hop culture but is more about the spiritual journey of Puerto Rican-American, Hamza Pérez, who left drug dealing to begin anew as a young Muslim. In Pittsburgh's tough North Side he starts a religious community and takes his message of faith to other young people through the music of his hip-hop duo M-Team. The film shows how difficult it is to be a young Muslim in America (Perez and his Pittsburgh mosque are targeted by the FBI), but also how Islam's adherents change amid tumultuous times and how they reach out in significant ways to people of other faiths.

AWARDS: Official Selection, Lincoln Center Independents Night, co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Winner, Freedom Award, Al Jazeera International Film Festival, Opening Night Selection, POV on PBS;

If you are interested in offering extra credit to your students for attending this event, contact Allan Scherlen ( who will be happy to take roll for you.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as part of the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” Program series of book and film discussions and in conjunction with the ASU Library Global Film Series. The Muslim Journeys Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. 

For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library -

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