Nancy Cooperstein Charney
JCC Manhattan (October 2019)
A series of interviews with various Muslim families in NYC.
Cognizant of the complicity of staying silent in the face of the persecution of others, filmmaker Nancy Cooperstein Charney aims to reveal the impact of Islamophobia and fear-mongering in America after 9/11 and during Trump’s campaign. She profiles families of various backgrounds – Palestinian, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani – who face frequent problems due to their Muslim faith, from disruptive searches or questioning while traveling, the refusal of visas for family members, criticism for wearing the hijab, sudden deportation orders, and bullying in schools. It’s no surprise that some of the subjects grow increasingly angry and pessimistic about life in America as a Muslim. While a well-meaning project, it unfortunately suffers from extremely simplistic, basic filmmaking that limits its overall impact and effectiveness.