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New Documentary Profiles Milwaukee's Muslim Faithful

April 2, 2008


Milwaukee's Muslim Faithful, a new, 30-minute documentary that describes how Islam is practiced in Milwaukee, will be the next MPTV Community Cinema presentation at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. The monthly film series, sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television, is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

An estimated 15,000 Muslims live in the Milwaukee area, according to the program's producer and host, broadcast journalist Mark Siegrist. They represent all walks of life and regions of the world.

The documentary focuses on the ethnic diversity, spirituality, and social impact of Islam in Milwaukee. The program shows daily life in the Muslim community at work, school, and prayer. It also covers local Muslim efforts to overcome negative perceptions and stereotypes about their culture.
The evening will include a discussion of some of the issues raised by the presentation. Speakers include Janan Najeeb, director, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition; Othman Atta, president, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, and Will Perry, administrator, Milwaukee Islamic Da'wa Center. All of the speakers, along with representatives of other Islamic and community organizations, appear in the documentary.

The program is an MPTV production and premieres on MPTV-10 Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.
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For more information, contact Kay Tierney, Publicist, MPTV (414) 297-7512 or Tierneyk@matc.edu.