What People Are Saying
Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder & Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core
NEW MUSLIM COOL tells a story of faith and family, a story of Islam in America. With its grace and charm, the film embodies one of my favorite lines of poetry, from William Stafford: “If you don’t know the kind of person I am / and I don’t know the kind of person you are / a pattern that others made may prevail in the world / and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.”
Professor H. Samy Alim, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
NEW MUSLIM COOL is an incredibly moving production that defies any and all expectations through its telling of a gripping life narrative about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of an incredibly talented Puerto Rican Muslim American Hip Hop artist. It is a riveting film that not only captures the complexity of contemporary American Muslim life, culture, and music, but also explores and disrupts our notions of Hip Hop Culture, Latino and Black communities in the US, and the current state of interfaith relations. It is a very thoughtful, inspirational, and transformative production and will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of viewers around the world.
Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, editor of Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
Hamza’s triumph and work on behalf of his own personal growth, his family, and his community is a wonderful, human story depicting one thread in the fabric of Islam in America, and in the World.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
Almost single-handedly, NEW MUSLIM COOL challenges the distortions, stereotypes, and misunderstandings around Islam. See it for pleasure and a new outlook on Islam in America.
Rami Nashishibi, Executive Director, Inner City Muslim Action Network
I was very touched by the attention to allowing a very human and transcendent narrative to emerge from Hamza’s story.
Dr. Ben Chavis, CEO and Co-Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
The film transcends race, ethnicity, class and religion - the setting, scenes and scope all reaffirm the universality of one humanity. NEW MUSLIM COOL, like hip-hop culture, is all about irrepressible social transformation and empowerment.
Larry Kirkman, Dean, School of Communication, American University
What a show! Authentic, intimate, a true POV experience, a window on a culture that most viewers cannot imagine, and a powerful trigger for discussion and reflection by young people — asking what is family, religion, art, service, jobs, politics, freedom, interfaith.
Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
I look forward to showing the film in my classroom in years to come and can hardly wait to hear what students might say about the intersections of race, class, gender, and religion that are highlighted in every frame.
Salman Ahmad, UN Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed musician with Junoon
It moved me deeply both on a visceral and spiritual level. I connected with Hamza’s story in many ways… like me, his Muslim-American identity envelopes religious, racial, cultural, and nationalistic frontiers.