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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

Black Islam in the Americas Series. Two Gods Filmmaker Q&A with Zeshawn Ali & Aman Ali

Zeshawn Ali, Director of Two Gods, Aman Ali, Producer of Two Gods, Razi Jafri, Filmmaker and MFA Student

Black Islam in the Americas Series. *Two Gods* Filmmaker Q&A with Zeshawn Ali & Aman Ali Black Islam in the Americas Series. *Two Gods* Filmmaker Q&A with Zeshawn Ali & Aman Ali
Black Islam in the Americas Series. *Two Gods* Filmmaker Q&A with Zeshawn Ali & Aman Ali
Join us on March 17th at 2:00 pm ET for a Q&A with Two Gods filmmakers Zeshawn Ali and Aman Ali. This conversation will be moderated by local Detroit filmmaker and GISC Fellow Razi Jafri. RSVP: http://bit.ly/GISCTwoGods

Zeshawn and Aman will discuss their film Two Gods, the challenges and rewards of Black Muslim filmmaking, and answer audience questions.

Director of TWO GODS: Zeshawn Ali was born and raised in Ohio and is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He is a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Meerkat Media, and is currently based in New York. His first feature documentary film Two Gods received support from ITVS, Sundance Institute, and the Ford Foundation. It played at film festivals across North America including Hot Docs, Full Frame, BlackStar, DOCNYC and Camden Film Festivals, and won the award for best documentary feature at New Orleans Film Festival. The film premiered on national broadcast as a part of the PBS program Independent Lens in 2021 and was named a NY Times Critics Pick and was nominated for a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award.

Producer of TWO GODS: Aman Ali is an award-winning storyteller in New York City. He has made appearances on dozens of media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Buzzfeed, NBC News, and HBO, to tell stories about the Muslim American community. Aman is also one of the creators of “30 Mosques in 30 Days,” a 25,000 mile road trip he took to all 50 States in the U.S. with the mission of telling profound stories about Muslims in America.

Moderator: Razi Jafri is a second-year MFA candidate at the Stamps School of Art + Design and a Detroit-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and producer whose work focuses on race, religion, immigration, human rights, and politics. His recent documentary HAMTRAMCK, USA, premiered at SXSW and was broadcast on the PBS program America ReFramed. Razi is currently working on the multimedia exhibit project HALAL METROPOLIS, about Muslim visibility in southeast Michigan, and LOYALTY, a documentary film that explores what life is like for three Muslim chaplains in the US military.

Make sure to catch a free screening of Two Gods before the event at http://watch.eventive.org/gisctwogods

Shot in a striking black-and-white, TWO GODS explores the juxtaposition of grief and the rituals of death with the vibrancy and potential of adolescence. The documentary turns an empathetic lens on Muslim American stories, ultimately crafting a moving portrait of both the intimate moments and the complexities of the everyday Muslim American experience.

This Black Islam in the Americas Series is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center, and cosponsored by American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the African Studies Center, the LSA Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the International Institute all at the University of Michigan. This series is also brought to you by The Maydan at the George Mason University’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, and the Muslim Studies Program at the Michigan State University. The film screening was made possible thanks to Good Docs.

This series will explore the history of Black Islam and the experiences of Black Muslim communities in the Americas, including North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Make sure to check out the third installment of the series:

On March 29th at 1:00 PM ET, GISC will host Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer and Dr. Rasul Miller for a lecture on Black Islam in the Americas. http://bit.ly/BlackIslamLect



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March 17, 2022 (Thursday) 2:00pm

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