Reviews and Interviews

Reviews

Mother Jones Magazine
” A sensitive and perceptive film,….the film’s real strength is mixing the political with the domestic.”  Full Review

Variety Magazine
“Disarming docu NEW MUSLIM COOL chronicles an eventful period in the life of Puerto Rican-American Jason Perez… A fine illustration of the melting pot’s latest cultural flavors, as well as a helpful look past post-9/11 Islamic stereotypes.”  Full Review

San Francisco Chronicle
“This spellbinding documentary by San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor gives us the full dimension of a Muslim American man who’s a rapper, educator, father, husband and idealist.”  Full Review

Beyond Chron
“Following the former Jason Perez’s efforts may seem like the stuff of slice of life documentary mundanity. What kicks director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s documentary to the next level is the medium by which her film’s subject is changing his life… Taylor makes us honored to follow him.” Full Review

San Francisco Chronicle
“Converting Islamic ideals to a hip-hop flow…NEW MUSLIM COOL will be showing on PBS on June 23, but I couldn’t wait that long to find out more…”  Full Review

spin-earthSPIN Earth
“Very rarely lingering on any subject for longer than necessary, NEW MUSLIM COOLl’s approach to share a unique experience with the rest of the world is genuine, and surprisingly universal.”  Full Review and Story

MuslimMatters
“This film is by far the most accurate and sympathetic portrayal of the Muslim convert experience in the American inner city that I have ever seen in the media.”  Full Review

Interviews

KPFA Morning Show
with Reyna Cowan, Hamza Pérez and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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KPFA Hard Knock Radio
with Weyland Southon, Hamza Pérez and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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WOR Radio
with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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Islam Online
interview

boricua-beatBoricua Beat
by Yahsmin Mayaan binti BoBo
Beautiful, bold and boisterous, the brothers of Mujahideen Team join Yahsmin to talk about their social work, documentaries, tours and new album…

SFIFF52: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and a “New Muslim Cool”
By Sura Wood
Award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor talks to Sura Wood about her new film, her past work, and The Sound of Music…

AltMuslim
By Shahed Amanullah
Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor gives some insight into the people at the heart of her documentary film NEW MUSLIM COOL, talks about avoiding the typical traps found when telling stories about Muslims, and explains how labels become meaningless for a community that increasingly blurs the lines between ethnicities, beliefs, and cultures. 

Rooftop Films
Director interview by Julia Friedman of Rooftop Films