Flying While Muslim: Racial Profiling Post-9/11| 5mins
Director: Lyra Porras GarzÃ³n | Producer: Link TV
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: United States
Before 2001, the phrase "racial profiling" evoked images of young African-American men, stopped while driving because of the color of their skin. But since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Muslim Americans have come under intense scrutiny from the media, law enforcement agencies, and their fellow citizens. Many say they have been subjected to profiling and discrimination on the basis of their faith - making them feel like strangers in their own country. "FLYING WHILE MUSLIM" shows the faces of racial profiling in the post 9/11 America - and examines the complex intersection of immigration, multiculturalism, and national security. Director Lyra Porras Garzon presents a wide range of voices, from those of Americans who have been victimized by racial profiling to those who argue it is a necessary evil in the face of a terrorist threat. The film seeks to open a space for dialogue by sharing the stories of ordinary men and women at a time when the fear of terrorism has changed the way Americans look at their country - and each other. "FLYING WHILE MUSLIM" is currently in post-production. The documentary is targeted for US release by end of 2007.