Indie Films

Muslim Youth Voices

Muslim Youth Voices presents stories that convey the richness and diversity of Muslim Americans. Over the course of three summers, 44 youth from 6 cities were given the essential tools to tell their own stories on their own terms. The workshops resulted in short films, amplifying these young people’s voices, and illuminating the many identities and experiences of youth and Muslim life in America.

In Search of Home

2m 40s

In a sparse Staten Island apartment, a young Muslim American man struggles with feelings of loneliness. Looking for connection, he finds an Islamic Center located a ferry ride away. Where he once prayed alone, he now prays with others in community.

Episodes

  • Run: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Run

    S1 E30 - 1m 8s

    In this documentary, the filmmaker shares why he needs to run — and it’s not just for the exercise. For him, running is a matter of mind over body. When he runs, he can overcome pain and push himself to accomplish more than he could have imagined.

  • The Mental Game: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Mental Game

    S1 E22 - 13m 29s

    “It takes more than just strength to be a fighter,” says 14-year-old Abdullah Davis. “You have to have a certain level of heart to do the sport.” Abdullah and his older brother Muhammad train and compete in martial arts. In this documentary, the two boys and their grandfather Bill, a Vietnam War veteran, contemplate the mental perseverance it takes to succeed in a fight — and in life.

  • Fair and Lovely: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fair and Lovely

    S1 E14 - 2m 53s

    Cutting remarks from her mother send a teenage girl on a quest to change her appearance. Bombarded by media messages that reinforce the notion that lighter skin means prettier, the girl slathers on a product that claims to make her “white before you know it” until she comes to a breaking point.

  • The Day The Teachers Left: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Day The Teachers Left

    S1 E6 - 2m 44s

    When Hana fails a test at school and gets admonished by her teacher, she feels she has been treated unfairly. “I wish there were no more teachers,” she exclaims. The next day, she gets what she wished for and finds that a world without teachers isn’t so great after all.

  • Food For Thought: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Food For Thought

    S1 E27 - 2m 32s

    As he eats his boring bagged lunch from home, Rizky feels that something’s not quite right with the new school lunches served to other students. In this tale of high school politics, nefarious plans, and zombies, Rizky saves the day with an unlikely weapon.

  • Long Live the Queen: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Long Live the Queen

    S1 E19 - 3m 40s

    A young woman named U76T lives a mundane and ordinary existence, going to work every day at a factory and collecting her food ration. But everything changes one day when she’s summoned by the queen and meets someone unexpected along the way.

  • Imagination: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Imagination

    S1 E11 - 3m 9s

    A teenager sits transfixed in front of the TV all day, mindlessly absorbing negative images and prompting her mother to scold her. After a horrifying dream, the teen takes her mother’s advice to heart, unlocking a world of imagination and poetry from within.

  • Wings of Freedom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wings of Freedom

    S1 E3 - 5m 20s

    Like any teenager, Maleeka is nervous about her first day of high school. Will she fit in? Will she make friends? And most importantly, will people discover her secret? When she witnesses bullying on campus, she must make a choice that exposes her secret but ultimately allows her to be true to herself.

  • In Search of Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Search of Home

    S1 E32 - 2m 40s

    In a sparse Staten Island apartment, a young Muslim American man struggles with feelings of loneliness. Looking for connection, he finds an Islamic Center located a ferry ride away. Where he once prayed alone, he now prays with others in community.

  • Someone I Lost: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Someone I Lost

    S1 E24 - 2m 31s

    Six years after the death of his mother, Riyaz Ali recalls memories of everyday life with her, from taking family road trips together to the way she used to pick out his clothes for him. Juxtaposing his recollection of childhood with scenes from his life today as a young man in New York, Ali shares his love and grief in this elegiac tribute.

  • Graduation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Graduation

    S1 E16 - 2m 43s

    Mina is looking forward to her high school graduation — and especially to seeing her sister from Tehran who plans to attend the milestone event. When the Muslim Travel Ban goes into effect and keeps the sister from visiting, Mina’s friend has an idea to cheer her up.

  • Rediscover: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Rediscover

    S1 E8 - 3m 20s

    Nahla is tired of living in Philly. She complains of seeing the same things day after day and dreams of exploring some new place far away. But she doesn’t have funds to travel, and reluctantly agrees to a pen pal instead. As she documents her life for her pen pal, she learns to appreciate her city.

Extras + Features

  • Muslim Youth Voices | Overview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Muslim Youth Voices | Overview

    2m 23s

    Muslim Youth Voices presents stories that convey the richness and diversity of Muslim Americans. Over the course of three summers, 44 youth from 6 cities were given the essential tools to tell their own stories on their own terms. The workshops resulted in short films, amplifying these young people’s voices, and illuminating the many identities and experiences of youth and Muslim life in America.

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