John Milewski on “Journey into America”

From his excellent blog on  the Huffington Post, John Milewski wrote  a piece entiled “In Search of the ‘Muslim World'” on the film after seeing an advance copy. Please see Milewski’s regular postings from Huffington Post.

Tonight I had the privilege of screening an advance copy of a powerful new documentary that will premiere on the Fourth of July. The film, Journey Into America, will make its debut during the 46th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) this weekend in Washington, DC.

The film is one of the byproducts of a remarkable nine-month, 75-city exploration of America conducted by the brilliant anthropologist and Islamic scholar, Akbar Ahmed, and his outstanding team of former students. The film portrays the experiences of Muslim-Americans. It does that, but also ends up doing much more since it has a lot to say about the American experience beyond that of any one hyphenated group. The Muslim-America revealed in the film, provides much food for thought about how we think about any designated group of Americans and in this case, Muslim-Americans. For me it brought to mind the impulse of those of us in media to talk about diverse groups of people as if they think and act alike based on some shared affiliation.

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