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“Journey into America” screening and roundtable discussion at University of Cambridge

May 7th, 2013
May 7th, 2013

I’m back home in Boston and won’t be able to attend this event, but Frankie Martin will most definitely hold it down. We made this documentary feature film on American identity through the lens of Muslim Americans in 2008 and 2009 and it’s still making its rounds. We are very fortunate to have a screening and roundtable discussion at the University of Cambridge. Hope some of my friends in London and elsewhere in England can make it.

The “Journey into America” screening is being hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on May 7th 2013 between 5:00-6:30pm. The screening is accompanied by a round table discussion with Frankie Martin (Co-producer, Cambridge), Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Cambridge). The event is to be held in the seminar room, Social Anthropology, Free School Lane.

“Journey into America” is more pertinent now than ever, especially considering the fallout from the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Here is what some high-profile figures have had to say after watching:

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“This is very refreshing … to take away the fear of encountering those people (Muslims) in those places (mosques)… So to get in and to hear what’s in those people’s minds, it takes away the strangeness of it.” – Ingrid Mattson, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

“‘Journey to America’ is an essential pillar in the effort to build the interfaith bridge of understanding. It will inform, provoke, and inspire Americans of all colors, cultures, and faiths.” – U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, first Muslim ever elected to House of Representatives

“‘Journey into America’ – both in practice and presentation – reveals some of the newest and gravest chasms facing American society today, but also offers us stories of the generation building bridges across them.” – Eboo Patel, author and member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

“As an exercise in trying to persuade Americans that they have over-reacted to the trauma of 9/11, and that the proportion of American Muslims who want to take over the country is a tiny minority, this film is an undoubtedly worthwhile.” – Jonathan Benthall, former director of Royal Anthropological Institute

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