Yesterday was one of those days... Uh.. After watching a bunch of episodes of Heroes on NF (Netflix), I got to that point where we simply run out of things to do. Seriously, I was REALLY bored! I guess I spent like, uh, a whole hour swiping through those bars full of movies separated by genres on NF. Nothing was grabbing my attention, until I came across a documentary called "The Muslims Are Coming". After reading its description, I finally decided that that was what I was going to watch. And guess what?! I definitely do NOT regret this decision!
If you're looking for something funny, entertaining and educational, I highly suggest you to go for this one! I'm not a fan of documentaries myself, but that title aroused my curiosity... What did you think when you first read it? I'd say that, at the very least, most of you thought about something negative (as if they were taking over or something) - so did I. However, the description says that it's supposed to be funny. Negative + funny = racism (in this case). But if it was made by Muslim-American comedians, that was out of question. In the end, there was only one thing left: endless thoughts!
I have to admit that I was blown away at the very beginning. Why? Well, think of a Muslim woman. Are you done? Ha! Let me guess... You pictured someone with a lot of clothes on and the traditional "hijab" covering her head. Typical! It turns out that I learned that not all of them necessarily have to get dressed like that. It's actually up to them. I won't get into details (I know the Quran says that they have to cover their body or something like that), but unlike the conservative societies (like those in the Middle East, for example), the Muslim women in the Americas and in the other countries CAN actually opt out. Maybe this is not something new for you, but it IS for me! It just proves that I still have a few misconceptions...
Negin Farsad (the Muslim woman that I'm talking about) impressed me not only by her look, but also by her style/behavior. We're used to hear that everyone is unique, but it seems that we never take it too seriously. She surely fits this profile. Try to gather all of the good adjectives that you know and turn them into a person. That's her! I'm NOT saying that she's perfect or a goddess or anything. She's still a human. The thing is that I've never seen someone with such a pure heart... It doesn't matter if she's going through a rough time or if she's in a situation considered as success: she always stays humble. We can learn A LOT from her!
The documentary itself consists basically a group of stand up presentations performed by Dean Obeidallah (the funny guy), Negin Farsad and their team in several different cities in the US. The interesting thing is that they managed to attract people from all of the religions to their shows. The audience was literally mixed. There will also be moments when they put themselves out there and try to show the people how warm a Muslim can be. When they're on the streets, they offer hugs, run mini Q&A sessions and give out awards to those who play their games about religions. Why do they do that? Humm... There's no need to say that Muslims are on top of the list used to designate the most hated groups in the WORLD. To top it off, the thing got even worse after 09/11. So... That's exactly what they're trying to fix.
Again, I don't want get into it and I hate taking sides on such delicate matters. I can't say that I understand the pain and the anger that the Americans feel, because it didn't happen in my country. However, although this is none of my business (I don't want to be snoopy), I don't agree with them when they condemn a whole religion for the acts that were committed by a few. If we were to be judged like that, no one would be off the hook.
After watching it, I searched for their names to see if they were directing more of these works. I came up with their website, their profiles on twitter and a Facebook page. I don't know about you, but I do like to support groups like that. There are many ways to do it... If you have already watched it (and also liked it, of course) but you're not the kind of person who likes to write a post, shoot a video or deal with promotions in any other way, why don't you donate money? There's no pre-determined value! And there's more: you can do it through PayPal by using your available balance or your credit card. I'm sure it will not affect your budget - after all, you'll be donating only what you can. This will probably be a shot in the arm for them! Sometimes we spend money with such trivial things... Why not invest it in something that is actually worthy? This link will redirect you to the donation page.
Since I'm not in the US, unfortunately I can't attend to one of their presentations. If you are and you'd like to check it out, here's the link with their agenda. This way you'll be able to see what events are coming up.
Remember that I told you that they're on twitter? Feel free to hit them up over there. I congratulated them in one of my tweets and it didn't take long to see a reply. They ARE super polite! :)
Wow! This post is so long! I'm sorry... I still have a lot to say, but this time I'll have to let you figure out the rest by yourselves. And shhhh! No excuses! The documentary is available on iTunes, Amazon, xBox and Netflix. It'll only take you and hour and 24 minutes. An hour and 24 minutes that you spend on Facebook; an hour and 24 minutes that you spend on Instagram; an hour and 24 minutes that you spend goofing off; an hour and 24 minutes that-. Ok, ok! That's it! If you want to watch the trailer, check out the video below:
Do you have any questions or additional comments? Let me know!
Have a nice weekend!