My Fellow American| 2mins
Director: Robert Gardner | Producer: Alex Kronemer & Michael Wolfe
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United States
Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as 'the other' that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S., or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.
These Muslims are our fellow Americans who today face threats to their civil rightsâ€”and even their personal safetyâ€”because of the fearful and often hateful rhetoric that would not be tolerated were it uttered about any other minority group.
This 2 minute PSA-type film makes these points by juxtaposing a few recent public pronouncements about Muslims against images of American Muslims going about their every day lives, contributing through their various professions and vocations to the fabric of our country. The film gives commonly recognizable faces, faces of neighbors and friends, to the people that the angry rhetoric vilifies as being â€œall terrorists.â€