I’ve been raised Muslim and I come from a country where almost everyone is Muslim. I never felt like I have to tell someone I am Muslim - the hijab already does it for me. I think everyone and their grandmother has heard that Islam teaches peace and yet a lot of people choose not to believe it. I just want to say to America that Islam is not out to get you.
“I grew up in Yemen and moved to the United States when I was 15 years old. I’m a rising senior at American University majoring in Film and Media Arts. I want to be a documentary filmmaker because I feel like it’s important to represent the unheard voices in society. My most recent documentary is about a Muslim special needs teacher and her relationship with her autistic brother. I’m also interest in making fiction films because it’s important to express art. One of the reasons I’m in film is because of the lack of representation of the Muslims in the industry. Think about it how many Muslim directors, actors or Muslims in the industry do you know?”
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I'm studying International Relations with a focus on development and identity, race, gender, and culture. I'm also minoring in Communications with a focus in Film and Media. Being Muslim in the West you learn quickly that certain politicians don't care about you. They don't care about the implications of their phobic language or how it leads to animosity towards you, your family, and friends throughout your life.