by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 18, 2013:
In case you missed the screening and discussion of “Faith, Fear and Freedom” on North Carolina’s Muslim population earlier tonight, you can watch it in full here.
*editors note: Due to technical difficulties at the event the last 2 minutes of the documentary itself were left off. See Faith, Fear and Freedom for the full video of the documentary.
(PRESS RELEASE) by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 8, 2013:
DURHAM, N.C. — Members of the public are invited to attend a free screening of WRAL’s documentary “Faith, Fear and Freedom,” followed by a panel discussion on North Carolina’s growing Muslim population, on Thursday, April 18.
The 20-minute documentary, which first aired this past December, explores the lives of Muslims living in the state and examines the anti-Islamic prejudice and discrimination that is often fueled by the actions of Islamic extremists. It was produced by Clay Johnson and hosted by David Crabtree, both of WRAL-TV.
Today, there are an estimated 26,000 Muslims in North Carolina, less than one percent of the state’s population but a 30 percent increase in the last 10 years.
Crabtree, an Emmy award winning TV anchor, will moderate the panel discussion that follows the screening, and audience members are encouraged to ask questions.
The event will be held in The Garage, Bay 4 of Duke University’s Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, from 7-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 7 p.m., with the screening and discussion starting at 7:30.
Free parking is available at the Smith Lot, adjacent to Maxwell Street in front of Bay 3.
Those unable to attend can watch a live stream of the event on Duke Islamic Studies Center’s YouTube channel and on WRAL’s website. (The documentary itself can be watched here ahead of time. Viewers can post comments and questions on Twitter using the hashtag #NCMuslims. An archive of the recording will also be posted online.)
Panelists include Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim Chaplain at Duke and associate director for Community & Student Outreach at the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Amna Baloch, a local community member and recent UNC graduate who was active in interfaith collaborations through UNC’s Muslim Student Association; Carl Ernst, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; and David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice for public policy at Duke and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International.
Ernst will be available before and after the screening to sign copies of his books “Islamophobia in America” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and “How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide with Select Translations” (UNC Press, 2011). These books are available for purchase at the event.
“Faith, Fear and Freedom” documentary producer Johnson, who also teaches a course in television journalism at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will be available at the event to answer questions about the making of the documentary.
“People just didn’t really take much notice of the Muslims around them until 9/11 and other high profile acts of terrorism committed by radical extremists claiming to be Muslims. Those acts have helped fuel a fear of Muslims and Islam,” Johnson said.
“Some people ask where the moderate Muslim voices are. They’re hard to hear when the extremists get all the media attention. Fortunately we have the opportunity to let you hear some of them in our documentary.”
Co-sponsors include the British Council’s Our Shared Future project, Center for Muslim Life (Duke), Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC-Chapel Hill), DeWitt Wallace Center for MEDIA & DEMOCRACY (Duke), Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute (Duke), Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke), and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (Duke/UNC/RTI).
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