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New Muslim Cool

Maytorena Taylor, Jennifer; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M-Team. Raising his two kids as a single dad and longing for companionship, Hamza finds love on a Muslim networking website and seizes the chance for happiness in a second marriage. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from Christian and Jewish communities. NEW MUSLIM COOL takes viewers on Hamza's ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing. Accolades *Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival *Official Selection Rooftop Film Festival *Official Selection Lincoln Center Independents Night *POV Premiere Film on PBS *Born From Above Award Religion Today Film Festival *Freedom Award Al Jazeera Int'l Documentary Festival *Best Documentary Luanda Film Fest Angola The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has named Hamza Perez one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World! "Highly recommended!" -Video Librarian "SPELLBINDING!" -San Francisco Chronicle "NEW MUSLIM COOL forges a path for New America" -The Huffington Post "One of the most lyrical, complex and contemporary investigations of religion in America." -Diane Winston, USC's Knight Chair in Media and Religion "NEW MUSLIM COOL possesses a kind of beauty that sneaks up on you" -NY Times
Release Date
2012
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Seventh Art Releasing in 2012.
Publisher no.
1121507 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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