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Experience the Diversity of New Haven's Muslim Community in "I Am: Muslim/American" Film
The New Haven Long Wharf Theatre has collaborated with different community members and organizations to bring stories based in the New Haven community to life on stage since 2018, and this June, one of those productions is “I Am: Muslim/American.”
The film began as a series of interviews of Muslim Americans in Connecticut to understand the diversity of their experiences. Writer Aaliyah Miller and director Halima Flynn then reimagined the interviews into a screenplay that was filmed with local actors over the span of two weekends in locations across New Haven. The film is inspired by interviews with a diverse group of people, as Miller and Flynn attempted to showcase the diversity of the Muslim community in Connecticut.
Miller is a storyteller, artist and award-winning screenwriter who “believes in the power of words and uses them as her superpower to help drive change for individuals and organizations.” Flynn is an artist-activist making her directorial debut. She is passionate about theatrical exploration and the role of theater in transforming society.
“I Am: Muslim/American” is funded by the Doris Duke Foundation’s “Building Bridges” grant supporting “endeavors that engage U.S.-based populations, particularly American Muslim communities and their neighbors, through experiential learning offered by diverse creative art forms to advance understanding and relationships.”
The film will be playing for free from June 7 to June 19 at various New Haven area locations. Screenings will also be accompanied by conversations with the cast and crew, moderated by different Muslim leaders of the New Haven and broader Connecticut community.
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