Back in 2003, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science published a study of Arab Muslim portrayals in a Hollywood movies. Out of 900 films, only a dozen had a positive portrayal.
Would it make a difference if more Muslims made films? If there were more Arab or Muslim directors, screenwriters, actors? The Islamic Scholarship Fund in Berkeley grants scholarships to Muslims wanting to get into journalism, politics, TV and film. Recently, it launched the American Muslim Storytellers Project to “counter the current rhetoric around Muslims.” Hana Baba spoke with Executive Director Hamid Rezapour, and project manager Michael Morgenstern in studio.