New Muslim Cool - A Sneak Preview

New Muslim Cool - A Sneak Preview

A screening of the documentary with H. Samy Alim, UCLA and director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Dodd Hall 147
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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.

NEW MUSLIM COOL takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places ---where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Latin American Institute, Anthropology, In partnership with Active Voice and Specific Pictures