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Documentary by Journalism alumnus Ash-har Quraishi highlighted in the New York Times

8/30/2011  11:15 am

The documentary film Fordson: Faith. Fasting. Football produced by Emmy Award-winning journalist Ash-har Quraishi ’97 JOURN was highlighted by the New York Times as a documentary to see as we commemorate 9/11. The feature-length film follows four talented high school football players from Dearborn Michigan as they gear up for their big senior year rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, a month when Muslims traditionally fast every day from sunrise to sundown. The documentary is in AMC theaters across the country. The story is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Fordson High School, a public high school built by Henry Ford in 1922, which was once all white, but now boasts a 98% Arab population. As the team readies itself to play its affluent, cross town rival, we witness the adversity faced by a community that is desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. You can watch the trailer here and hear what Academy Award Winning Director Michael Moore had to say about the documentary after it won top prize at the Traverse City film festival.