New Muslim Cool
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 Web site 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.
New Muslim Cool won Best Documentary Award at the Luanda Film Festival in Angola in late 2010. Outreach efforts continue nationally and internationally.
Pictured here is New Muslim Cool co-producer Kauthar Umar with Secretary Clinton and Farah Pandith at the State Department the second week of September 2011.
Kauthar was there for the second year in a row as a leading member of a State Department initiative to engage young Muslims called “Generation Change.” They told her the State Department LOVES New Muslim Cool!
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