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Islam began in the early 7th century. Originating in Mecca, it quickly spread in the Arabian peninsula and by the 8th century the Islamic empire was extended from Iberia in the west to the Indus river in the east.

Before the Spring After the Fall

A film by Jed Rothstein and Liz Garbus

Before the Spring After the Fall takes viewers on an incredible journey through the most tumultuous, inspiring events of the Arab Spring and the timeless, universal desire of young people for freedom.

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Cairo in One Breath

A film by Anna Kipervaser and Miguel Silveira

The Muslim call to prayer has been reduced in Cairo to a single recording of one muezzin reciting the adhan, which is broadcast using wireless receivers. The filmmakers documented the tradition of the adhan before it ceased to exist.

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The Calling

A film by Danny Alpert

The Calling is a groundbreaking two-part four-hour documentary series that will share the journeys of four young Americans - a Catholic, a Muslim, a Protestant and a Jew, who have decided to enter the clergy.

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Casablanca Calling

A film by Hilary Durman, Rosa Rogers and Merieme Addou

A new generation of female spiritual guides, known as the Morchidat, are using the teachings of Islam to change the conditions and attitudes that foster extremism.

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Dancing on Two Feet

A film by Cecilia Valsted and Lars Brask Frederiksen

A Danish team recently discovered that in Freetown, Sierra Leone, both Christian and Muslim people of faith live peacefully together in daily life.

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Forbidden Reel

A film by Ariel Nasr and Sergeo Kirby

The thriving film industry in Afghanistan is a well kept secret. A little know fact in a country famous for war is the existence of a vital film legacy that has existed since the 1950s. The archived films reveal a place of culture, politics, a sophisticated middle class and a keen sense of humor. The visuals created since then document a place pulled between the forces of modernity and tradition, and shine a light on the changing milieu that Muslims have faced over the past 60 years.

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The Heaven In My Head

A film by Musa Syeed

From psychiatrists to faith healers, from dingy hospitals to modern counseling centers, Kashmiris are fighting for their hearts and minds after decades of war. Many Kashmiris are turning back to faith healers, or pirs. The pir was for centuries the center of communal life in Kashmir. Their cures are unscientific and difficult to quantify, but physicians and NGOs are actively working with these religious leaders to create mental health treatments, lead Kashmiris to question cultural attitudes toward mental illness, and to rediscover what Islam actually prescribes.

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A Jihad for Love

A film by Parvez Sharma produced by Sandi DuBowski

A Jihad for Love brings to light the hidden lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Muslims, and goes where the silence has been loudest, to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt.

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The Judge

The Judge captures the life of a female judge to be appointed to a religious court in the Middle East.

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Letters to God

A film by Mark Johnston

Letters to God revolves around correspondence addressed to God that is received by a Jerusalem post office every day of the year.
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