This is the official Atlanta Screening of PBS's Dynamic new Film "New Muslim Cool". The screening will be followed by Question and Answer by the Producer & the Star of The Documentary Hamza Perez.
Following this will be a Benefit Concert Featuring: M-Team, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, Shaheed Tawheed, and Mustafa Abdul-Basit; some of the top Muslim artists in the nation.
About the film:
Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young 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 his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M-Team.
Raising his two kids as a single dad and longing for companionship, Hamza finds love on a Muslim networking website and seizes the chance for happiness in a second marriage.
But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from Christian and Jewish communities.
NEW MUSLIM COOL takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places ---where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.
Please come and join us and bro Hamza on his journey in this film and reflect on our own journeys and those yet to be experienced! This will mark the first of a series of films we hope to bring to the ATL promoting the development of our cultural expression in Islam in North America. All proceeds go to the Risala Institute, Atlanta, Ga.
CHECK OUT THE TRAILER @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leMWi2asGPw
Saturday, June 6, 2009
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Georgia Tech Student Center - Ball Room (3rd floor)
350 Ferst Dr., N.W.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at www.risalainstitute.com
Insha' Allah we'll see you there!
Nadira & Najwa