My Fellow American (USA, 3 min)
Directed by Robert Gardner
Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are negatively portrayed in the public square. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other,” that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the US. And those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.
These Muslims are our fellow Americans, who today face threats to their civil rights—and even their personal safety—because of the fearful and often hateful rhetoric that would not be tolerated were it uttered about any other minority group.
This short PSA-type film makes this point by juxtaposing a few recent public pronouncements about Muslims against images of American Muslims going about their every day lives, contributing through their various professions and vocations to the fabric of our country. The film gives commonly recognizable faces to the people that the angry rhetoric would group together as being “all terrorists.”
- Festival Screening: February 24th, 2012 approx. 9:03 pm