The Secret Life of Muslims

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The Secret Life of Muslims

presented in partnership with the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

THU MAR 22 7:00PM
$10, $7 Members (+$3 at the door)

Comedy + FilmScreening + Panel Discussion

Fifteen years after 9/11, American Muslims still face an uphill battle in the national imagination. The current political climate spurred on by constant fear mongering during this election cycle, as well as the saturation of negative stereotypes that flood the news and media continue to make Muslims the target of suspicion and hostility. 

Building on its work in The Secret Life of Scientists, Seftel Productions' new series, The Secret Life of Muslims, uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about American Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments, providing a counter-narrative to the rampant Islamophobia prevalent in the media. 

The film features Ahmed Ahmed, Khalid Latif, Rais Bhuiyan, Linda Sarsour, Layla Shaikley, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Dena Takruri, Reza Aslan, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins, Wajahat Ali, Aman Ali, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Maz Jobrani, Omar Regan, Iqbal Theba, and Negin Farsad.


Negin Farsad was named one of the Funniest Women of 2015 by Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by PaperMagazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She is the author of How to Make White People Laugh, a memoir-meets-social-justice-comedy manifesto which has been nominated for a Thurber Prize for Humor (published by Grand Central/Hachette). Farsad is host of Fake the Nation, a political comedy round-table podcast on the Earwolf network. She is the director/writer/star of the romantic comedy 3rd Street Blackout, starring Janeane Garofalo, Ed Weeks, and John Hodgman. She is also co-director/star of The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, Lewis Black and a bunch of Muslims. You can see her in the upcoming season of HBO's High Maintenance or as a regular in NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.  She has sued New York State’s MTA over the right to put up funny posters about Muslims and WON. She started her comedy career as a Cornell and Columbia-educated policy advisor for the City of New York.

Filmmaker Joshua Seftel began his career at age 22 with the Emmy-nominated Lost and Found, a documentary film about Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. The PBS broadcast of the film led to the American adoption of thousands of orphaned children. Seftel went on to direct the anti-war film War Inc., a political satire starring John Cusack, Ben Kingsley and Marisa Tomei, as well as the groundbreaking Emmy Award-winning television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Recently, he created a YouTube series consisting of candid conversations between him and his 79-year-old mother. Seftel's essays and commentaries have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and This American Life. He is the creator of the 2017 Peabody Award Finalist series The Secret Life of Muslims.

Khalil Ismail is a creative director and award-winning independent artist and producer. He is the founder and manager of KI Creative Studios, which recently launched its new film directing component. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Khalil was inspired from childhood to use creativity and grassroots initiatives to address the often harsh realities of life. This solution-driven vision continues to inspire his conscious music and community service work. A world-renowned musician and lyricist, Khalil has released six studio albums and is currently producing two additional albums. He has performed at the Apollo Theatre and the New York Met’s Stadium, as well as the Global Peace and Unity Conferences in the UK. He has shared the stage with prominent artists such as Yuna, Rakim, Brother Ali, Freeway, Vic Mensa, and Mos Def, as well as international nasheed artists such as Zain Bhikha, Maher Zain, and Native Deen. Khalil has recently directed two short films and is currently planning his first feature length film. In 2015, he founded Finding Peace Project, a non-profit community outreach organization aimed at serving disadvantaged populations.

THU MAR 22 | 7:00PM | $10, $7 Members (+$3 at the door)

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies is an independent, educational non-profit that seeks to advance interreligious dialogue and understanding. Through education and engagement around religious difference the ICJS resolves to confront fear, prejudice,and violence directed against Muslims, Jews, and other minorities in America. The mission of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to build learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good. To learn more about the ICJS:


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