‘An Act of Worship’ explores American Muslim life after 9/11

An announced new documentary about Muslim life in America is getting two free screenings in the Detroit metro this weekend.

“An Act of Worship” focuses on the impact of anti-Muslim rhetoric and politics – particularly on young Muslims who came of age after 9/11. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

One of the film’s main story arcs features Khadega Mohammed, an 18-year-old Sudanese immigrant living in Michigan. “An Act of Worship” uses home videos and contemporary imagery to weave her story with that of other Muslim American women as they stand up for their communities.

The film was directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy, a Californian filmmaker-cinematographer whose extensive resume includes work on narrative films, documentaries and music videos.

Event details:

  • 6:45 p.m. Friday, Bel-Air Cinema, Detroit. The screening will be followed by a round table with Khadega Mohammed and Aint Afraid.
  • Saturday noon, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. The screening will be followed by a mental health workshop with Dr. Kameelah Rashad, including a healing circle and debrief.

More event information, including links to book tickets, can be found here.

The film premiered on PBS’s “POV” earlier this month. It can be streamed through the PBS website and app.