You may remember Danny Glover from such films as New York’Ta BeÅŸ Minare (Five Minarets in New York). That was a Turkish film, supposedly about “America’s paranoia with the Islamic world after 9/11.” The one below is homegrown:
That’s the short version. In the long theatrical trailer, you get the full quote of the blond girl rejecting the Muslim protagonist: “I’m Catholic. I’m not supposed to talk to you.”
Catholic-phobes! Catholic-phobes! I’m feeling…. “alienated!” And… “radicalized”!
Kidding aside, though, both the short and long trailers give the appearance of a feature-film version of a Very Special Episode on the small screen, with a formulaic plot about Muslims’ persevering in the face of intolerant Americans, complete with a scene featuring small Muslim girls who refuse to take off their hijabs despite their fear of a mob of big, thuggish American boys. White boys, at that, as is easier seen in the long trailer.
Profiling! Profiling! Racists!!! Danny Glover’s character is brought on, though, perhaps to show supposed American bigotry coming from all skin colors.
So often throughout the history of film, propaganda movies have added insult to injury by being just plain awful (see also: North Korea’s riveting Nation and Destiny series). This doesn’t appear to be an exception.
But there is one more scene in the long trailer worth noting (again, linked above), where our protagonist surveys the diversity at a dinner put on by the Muslim Student Association, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
The Muslim Brotherhood angle could offer material for a sequel, but not likely of the sort we’d get out of Hollywood. One can’t be too optimistic on the prospects for a musical, either.