Filmmaker: David Washburn
Running Time: 27 minutes
An American Mosque is a groundbreaking documentary about the first mosque destroyed by arson in United States history and the Americans affected by this horrible hate crime. In 1994, arsonists broke into a newly constructed mosque in Yuba City, California, doused prayer rugs with gasoline, then lit the building ablaze. The mosque was reduced to ashes. Although deeply saddened, the community’s spirit was not shaken. They re-doubled their efforts and constructed a new mosque by 2000. Their determination exemplifies how hope can triumph over hate. In a broader sense, this documentary resists negative stereotypes by showing a peaceful depiction of Muslims in America. It imagines a more tolerant society in which we value every house of worship. As mosques are increasingly protested, attacked, and vandalized, we need to speak-up through all forms of media: THIS HAS TO STOP! Respect our fellow Americans.
Most of the film’s characters are second-generation Americans who speak passionately about hard work and anticipation, heartbreak and fear, triumph and hope. Members of other faiths echo their sentiments, expressing compassion, support, and a shared desire for justice. In this way, the film shows that America is best when we support each other in time of need, regardless of faith, to build a stronger society. The impact of An American Mosque is undeniable.
Cleveland Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
CAAMFest (San Francisco)
Asian American International Film Festival (New York)
Athens International Film & Video Festival (Ohio)
Little Rock Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Sacramento Film Festival
Festival of Tolerance (Zagreb, Croatia)