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Filmography - Islam: Islam in the West

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012

Islam in the West

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on biology topics (including VHS tapes) keyword searches in the library catalog will be necessary:


30 days. 2006.  2 videodiscs (270 min.). 30 days, the intelligent and innovative TV show that dares you to "take a walk in someone else's shoes".  Explore some of America's most pressing social issues by following the lives of ordinary people who agree to live well-outside their comfort zones for 30 days: Spurlock and his fiancée try to make ends meet by working minimum-wage jobs, a devout Christian immerses himself in Islamic culture, a homophobic young man goes to live and work in San Francisco's largely gay Castro District, and more. Provocative, poignant and hilarious, 30 days is a true original--often unpredictable and always eye-opening!  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4855

God is angry The black power movement. 97.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (58 min.). In October 1995, over a million black men gathered in Washington, D.C. in a huge demonstration of solidarity. Organized by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, it was a controversial event, viewed with suspicion and hostility by the white establishment. God Is Angry looks at what Farrakhan means to black society and how he came to his leadership role. In tracing the history of the black struggle for power, the film interviews Stokely Carmichael (who now lives in Africa) and other activists of the sixties. Through archival footage the film traces the history of the painful struggle for civil rights and political power. We see the leaders as they were then -- idealistic and angry young men -- and learn what has become of them. Some are still in prison, some have died, some were absorbed into the middle class, and some became Muslims. There are many who dismiss Farrakhan as a racist and an anti-Semite. This film puts him and the movement into historical context and shows how he may continue to play a major role in effecting social change.  Streaming video;1646831

Malcolm X. 2005.  2 videodiscs (202 min.). Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.  DVD 165

Minefield The U.S. and the Muslim world. 2001.  1 streaming video file (44 min.). In this program, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings presents a tour of the political, religious, and cultural complexities of the Islamic world, providing a country-by-country assessment of relations with the United States. This special, produced a month after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, provides a better understanding of the current crisis. A wide variety of diplomatic and military experts offer commentary, including recent National Security Council member Robert Malley and Charles Freeman, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. (44 minutes) .  Streaming video

Muslims in America Islam in exile. 2001.  1 streaming video file (57 min.). This program examines the surprisingly rapid growth of Islam in the heart of America's Bible Belt, a predominantly fundamentalist Christian locale. Yet for Muslims living in Appalachia, the daily challenge lies not so much in acceptance by their neighbors as with practicing their religion in a country whose overall culture is so often at odds with their own beliefs. Interviews with refugees living in the region and with experts in American Islam reveal the resiliency of a faith that can thrive in exile. The history of Islam, Islamic contributions to the arts and sciences, and common ground between Muslims and Christians are also highlighted. (57 minutes).  Streaming video

Muslims in France. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). Shot mainly in Lyons, this program looks at the problems faced by the city's mainly young Muslim population as they try to gain acceptance into French society while adapting their religion to break ties with North Africa and the Arabic world. A new kind of Islam is emerging, to which France appears to be reacting with the same old racism and religious intolerance. (30 minutes).  Streaming video

Muslims. 2003.  1 videodisc (120 min.). Looks at what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, this program explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, looks at the political forces at work among Muslims around the world, emphasizes Islam's kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and examines the diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people. DVD 1637

The Quran and the American dream. 99.  1 streaming video file (52 min.). In the U.S., Islam is prospering as never before-but some Americans are beginning to fear the burgeoning power of that group, currently 8 million strong. This program traces the rapid expansion of Islam in New York City, where it sustains and brings hope to Muslim citizens, recent Muslim immigrants, and converts drawn primarily from the downtrodden sectors of society. The program also features the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which strives to root out legal injustices and dispel prejudicial stereotypes. The Reverend Jesse Jackson adds a powerful note of support for the newest addition to America's religious mix. (53 minutes).  Streaming video

Taqwacore The birth of punk Islam. 2010.  1 videodisc (82 min.). "Taqwacore chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. It was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, a convert to Islam who wrote the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk). ... The film follows Knight and a variety of young subversives on tour as they shock and awe spectators in the U.S. before bringing their music to Lahore.  They break every taboo along the way ... [.]"--Container.  DVD 9214

Why the hate? America, from a Muslim point of view. 2001.  1 streaming video file (44 min.). In the aftermath of September 11th, George W. Bush made an ultimatum to the world: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.But for many followers of Islam-a global community that includes more than a billion devotees-the choice is not that simple. This timely ABC News program explores the mixed emotions felt by many Muslims toward the U.S. Topics on the agenda include American culture, often perceived as offensive, and U.S. foreign policy, frequently viewed as threatening. By capturing individual opinions and attitudes, correspondent Chris Bury addresses common themes in an effort to answer the question of a stunned American populace: Why do they hate us so much?(44 minutes).  Streaming video

Young, Muslim, and French Stories of assimilation and defiance. 2004.  1 streaming video file (57 min.). Europe's Muslim population has doubled in the last decade, with the largest numbers settling in France. This Wide Angle documentary reveals the hopes, frustrations, and political aspirations of French-born Muslims and explores their potential to alter the landscape of France's national identity. Focusing on the recent decision to ban the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves in public schools, the program shows how the controversy has played out in Dammarie-les-Lys, a racially diverse, working-class community on the outskirts of Paris. The result is an eye-opening depiction of Islamic Europe's increasingly vocal demand for integration on its own terms. In addition, Professor Fawaz Gerges discusses secularism in France with anchor Mishal Husain. (57 minutes).  Streaming video

Young, Muslim, and French. 2006.  1 videodisc (60 min.). France's recent decision to ban the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves (hijab) in public schools--a law widely perceived by Muslims to be an undemocratic expression. Wide Angle explores this conflict in the town of Dammarie-les-Lys. Also featured is the local high school principal, Ghislaine Hudson, a member of the commission charged with reviewing the use of religious symbols. Professor Fawaz Gerges also discusses secularism in France. Unemployment and the economic plight of the French Muslim minority and lack of social integration is also discussed.  DVD 4430