A journey inside Islam in Europe by a Muslim deeply critical of political Islam in all its manifestations. Our fellow European citizens ask where are the Muslim voices against extremism? This plea can not be left unanswered. Saying, 'not in our name,' does not go far enough. This film aims to create a platform, a movement for a pro active and critical dialogue about how to intellectually and culturally combat the crimes committed in the name of Islam.
United Kingdom, France, Germany
The challenge this film project proposes to address is the absence of a platform for deeply critical and diverse Muslim voices actively promoting a counter narrative to the ideology of political Islam and seeking to forge links and promote trust outside their immediate communities.
A successful outcome would be the production and delivery of a documentary film that reaches international festival platforms and opens the debate in the media about the role of Muslim voices for a counter narrative. A second outcome would be to instigate through the film the grassroots support and community support for an outreach campaign that cascades the conversation and debates of the film to a wider and wider audience.
The film would profile characters grappling with the political, intellectual and moral crisis inflicted on Islam by the political and violent extremism ideology. The film will follow three characters from Britain, Germany and France as they highlight the specific challenges facing them and how they are reaching into their communities and beyond their immediate communities to fellow European Citizens to promote tolerance, trust and understanding. What are the steps the protagonists are taking to imagine a non violent politics? At a practical level the project entails researching characters and locations, shooting the stories and cutting the film. The idea is to employ participatory methodologies that promote collaboration and debate throughout this production process.
Target groups are twofold. First the project aims to give visibility and a self expression platform to inwardly sceptical, critical Muslim voices actively forging counter narratives to political and violent extremism. At another level the target group is the wider European citizenry that wants to see more open and proactive counter-narrative engagement from the Muslim communities in their midst. The objective is to bridge the gap between these two broadly defined target groups.
This project addresses the anxieties of fellow European citizens about Muslim minorities. It is not productive as Muslims to downplay the concerns of our fellow citizens or to simply distance ourselves from the extremism ideology or proffer we are also victims of that ideology. It is vital as this project proposes to ask critical questions: what has made some elements in our communities susceptible? how can we as intellectual, moral, devout, concerned citizens do about this internal corruption
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
equipment, travel costs, shooting and editing costs
We intend to incorporate a participatory methodology derived from Forum Theatre.