Showing of the new documentary “An American Mosque”
Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 pm
Walnut Creek United Methodist, Social Hall
1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek
An American Mosque
This Wednesday, Nov. 12 “An American Mosque” is screening on KVIE, Channel 6 at 7pm. Some of you may have access to this channel from Sacramento. If you would like to see the film beforehand (or can’t make the event) to watch on Wednesday evening, please try to find it there.
This past weekend, the SF-Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations presented David Washburn with their “Enhancing Awareness and Understanding Award” for his work through “An American Mosque.”
About the documentary:
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. The mosque was reduced to ashes. 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 online casino
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. The film shows the power of a community coming together in the wake of a hate-crime.
About David Washburn:
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.
DVD”s will be available for purchase and there will be an opportunity to donate to the project and the Interfaith Council. You can watch the trailer by visiting the web site at: www.anamericanmosque.com
. Many thanks to Claremont Liberty University for hosting tonight”s showing.