An American Mosque is a documentary film about the first mosque destroyed by arson in United States history and the Americans affected by this horrible hate-crime. In 1994, arsonists broke into a newly constructed mosque in Yuba City, California, doused prayer rugs with gasoline, then lit the building ablaze. The mosque was reduced to ashes. Everyone asked:
Why would someone attack a community’s house of worship?
Most of the film’s characters are second-generation Americans who speak passionately about hard work and anticipation, heartbreak and fear, triumph and hope. Members of other faiths echo their words, expressing compassion, support, and a shared desire for justice in the wake of the arson. Although deeply saddened, the community’s spirit was not shaken. They wanted to show that all Americans, including Muslims, are entitled to a religious sanctuary and the right to practice their faith openly. The community re-doubled their efforts and constructed a new mosque by 2000. For everyone involved, this film is a tribute to their struggle.
In a broader sense, this documentary resists negative stereotypes of all American Muslims, gives value to every house of worship, and imagines a more tolerant America. As mosque projects are increasingly scrutinized around the country, An American Mosque tells a timely story that all Americans should see to better understand why our Constitutional right to worship needs to be upheld everywhere.
This is a story that speaks to audiences across the nation, regardless of faith.
Producer, David Washburn, is an award-winning filmmaker & interfaith activist from Oakland, California. For over a decade, he has worked on films and oral history projects that document America’s rich cultural history to bring forward underrepresented stories. David’s films have shown at film festivals, museums, and libraries nationwide; this is his second film headed for PBS stations. He is the recipient of grants from the California Council for the Humanities, Center for Cultural Innovation, and U.S. Department of Education, among others.
David is often asked, “Why, as a non-Muslim, did you make An American Mosque?” His response is simple: Our country is greatest when Americans of all backgrounds speak out against injustice, work together in unity, and resist the “otherness” which creates division and fear. History shows this ethos fosters positive change in civil rights struggles, gender equality, and interfaith work.
Shouldn’t we all ask: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
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We are currently raising funds for interfaith community screenings in 2015.
Producer, David Washburn, will use An American Mosque as “discussion starter,”
and will collaborate with interfaith organizers to bring audiences together
for reflection & learning about religious intolerance in their communities.
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