Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
"I'm a 23 year old Muslim Black American. I'm an undergrad at a Mid-Western university. I'd like to be a professor someday. I'm a Muslim black feminist and I love exploring how race, gender, religion, and also class intersect to influence our lives."
This film features two Muslims from Baltimore that have spent the last 30 years in and out of prison. This sad film gives a lot of insight to the institutionalized mentality many (Muslim and non-Muslim alike) suffer from upon entering the penal system at a young age. The things these men see and go through at a young age are difficult for those who are blessed to have grown up in stable and loving families to put their minds around.
The trailer and film synopsis are below (thanks to Abdul Qaadir for sending this)
A man was sentenced to two years in jail for driving his wife to suicide by calling her "black." This was in India, where, as previously reported, fair skin is highly deisired, and where being called dark is "worse than physical torture," according to the court. In the case, Syed Fathima was so distressed after two months of marriage to Farook Batcha (two months of constant fighting, and of him calling her too dark) that she put an end to the marriage — and her life — by pouring kerosene over her head and setting herself on fire. Just a note to the people who don't think it's a big deal when fashion designers refuse to use black models: It's all related, and it's global. [The Times Of India]