Who Speaks for Islam: Muslims on Screen| 55mins
Director: Link TV | Producer: Link TV
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United States
In a roundtable discussion taped in Los Angeles, host Ray Suarez interviews actors, writers and producers about Hollywoodâ€™s evolving portrayal of Muslims. Guests include Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of 24, the hit Fox TV series; Kamran Pasha, writer of Showtimeâ€™s series, Sleeper Cell, which ran from 2006-2008; Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American comedian and actor who has appeared in numerous television programs and movies; and Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the Canadian TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie. The program highlights the ongoing evolution of how Muslims are depicted in American film and television: from stereotypical evil terrorists toward a more nuanced depiction of a range of complex characters. Clips from various films and television programs are shown throughout.