Since September 11, anti-Muslim sentiment has become increasingly prevalent in America. Referred to by many as “Islamophobia,” this has led to a significant fear of a widely misunderstood world religion. By 2010, TIME Magazine reported that an astonishing 62 percent of Americans had still never met a Muslim.
With this film, the award-winning MediaLab team has set out to open a discussion about a largely marginalized portion of American society, explore how Islam is defined in America, and to counter negative perceptions. Through their own experiences, award-winning Muslim comedians Dean Obeidallah and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi explain comedy’s role in combating media’s negative portrayal of the American Muslim minority.
As you watch the premiere, join the conversation on Twitter with the hastag #beyondbombers and post any questions or comments you might have.
Following the film, please stayed tuned for a panel discussion with those featured in the film as well as some of the area’s leading academics.