Muslim Voices: programs about the Muslim experience June 6-25

staff | June 2, 2009

THIRTEEN is spotlighting the unique stories and experiences of Muslims with a month’s worth of diverse programming from emerging Muslim-American comedians to modern-day society in Morocco.

Saturday, June 6, 2009
10:50 pm: REEL 13: LE GRANDE VOYAGE
Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi, this 2004 film is a story about a French-Moroccan and his father traveling to Mecca by car, and how their relationship changes along the way.

Sunday, June 7, 2009
12 pm: A THOUSAND AND ONE VOICES: THE MUSIC OF ISLAM
Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud’s film explores the rich and diverse forms of music coming from the Muslim world.

Monday, June 8, 2009
10 pm: WIDE ANGLE: DISHING DEMOCRACY (originally aired July 31, 2007, watch online)
The advent of satellite television in Arab countries in the early ‘90s has brought independent journalism to the region, especially news and talk shows that deal with topics such as equality among the sexes and polygamy. This documentary explores this phenomenon.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjvpbChHm_Q&hl=en&fs=1]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
1:30 am: REEL 13: LE GRANDE VOYAGE
Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi, this 2004 film is about a French-Moroccan and his father traveling to Mecca by car, and how their relationship changes along the way.

10 pm: AMERICA AT A CROSSROADS: STAND UP: MUSLIM AMERICAN COMICS COME OF AGE (originally aired May 11, 2008)
This program tells the story of five Muslim-American comedians on how they’re making audiences laugh while breaking down stereotypes.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pPCcmN8qVI&hl=en&fs=1]

Friday, June 12, 2009
3 am: AMERICA AT A CROSSROADS: STAND UP: MUSLIM AMERICAN COMICS COME OF AGE (originally aired May 11, 2008)
This program tells the story of five Muslim-American comedians on how they’re making audiences laugh while breaking down stereotypes.

4 am: WIDE ANGLE: DISHING DEMOCRACY (originally aired July 31, 2007, watch online )
The advent of satellite television in Arab countries in the early ‘90s has brought independent journalism to the region, especially news and talk shows that deal with topics such as equality among the sexes and polygamy. This documentary examines this phenomenon.

10 pm: WIDE ANGLE: CLASS OF 2006 (originally aired July 25, 2006, watch online)
This program spotlights on the current political and social changes in Morocco, particularly for its female population, since the reforms instituted by King Mohammad VI.

Saturday, June 13, 2009
1 pm: SHIFTING SANDS
A companion documentary to the book by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan of the same name, Shifting Sands explores the modern-day changes facing the traditionally nomadic Bedouin women of Israel and Palestine, and how they are coping with them.

10:55 pm: REEL 13 INDIES: CONFESSIONS OF A GAMBLER
This 2008 dramatic film is about an independent Muslim woman with a gambling addiction that is further exacerbated when her son has AIDS.

Sunday, June 14, 2009
2:25 am: REEL 13 INDIES: CONFESSIONS OF A GAMBLER
This 2008 dramatic film is about an independent Muslim woman with a gambling addiction that is further exacerbated when her son has AIDS.

11:30 pm: AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS: THE MOSQUE IN MORGANTOWN
With a child to take care of on her own, former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani returns home to Morgantown and discovers that her mosque has been taken over by men whom she considers extremists. The film recounts the steps that Nomani takes to challenge the mosque’s exclusion of women.

Monday, June 15, 2009
12:30 am: ON A WING AND A PRAYER: AN AMERICAN MUSLIM LEARNS TO FLY
A documentary about Monem Salam, a Pakistani financial advisor, who learns to fly despite the concerns of his family and society after September 11.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE8lgOrM3k8&hl=en&fs=1]

1:30 am: SHIFTING SANDS
A companion documentary to the book by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan, Shifting Sands explores the modern-day changes facing the traditionally nomadic Bedouin women of Israel and Palestine, and how they are coping with them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1 am: REEL 13 INDIES: CONFESSIONS OF A GAMBLER
This 2008 dramatic film is about an independent Muslim woman with a gambling addiction that is further exacerbated when her son has AIDS.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
10 pm: P.O.V.: NEW MUSLIM COOL
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s film is the story of Puerto Rican-American and Muslim rapper Hamza Perez, who is bringing his spiritual message to young people in Pittsburgh.
Watch a clip.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leMWi2asGPw&hl=en&fs=1]

Thursday, June 25, 2009
3 am: P.O.V.: NEW MUSLIM COOL
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s film is the story of Puerto Rican-American and Muslim rapper Hamza Perez, who is bringing his spiritual message to young people in Pittsburgh.