Film: New Muslim Cool

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Film: New Muslim Cool
October 2, 2013 7:00 pm
October 2, 2013 9:00 pm
September 9, 2013
Griffith Film Theater, Duke Bryan Center
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125 Science Drive Duke West Campus, Durham, NC, United States

Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez 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 website 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. The film takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through the streets (from Puerto Rico to the), projects and jail cells of urban America, from Christianity to Islam, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places — where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing. As part of the Jews and Muslim Series with the Center for European Studies at Duke University.

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