Inside Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think

Posted on November 25, 2009

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Dear  Reader,

How many times have you heard the following: “Islam has nothing to do with democracy,” “Muslims are violent,” “They oppress women?” In partnership with Unity Productions Foundation, the makers of a new PBS documentary “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” Link TV broadcasts this prescient and important new film that reveals the thoughts and desires of everyday Muslims as surveyed in the worlds largest public opinion poll ever conducted. The premiere of this ground breaking film is on Thursday, November 26th at 10PM Pacific and 1AM Eastern. Please check out  http://www.linktv.org/programs/inside-islam for additional airtimes.   

We encourage you to watch the broadcast and share it with friends, but we have an even more important opportunity for you to make a difference.  Through its 20,000 Dialogues project, UPF has created an easy and accessible way to bring people together, building a better understanding of Muslims and Islam using award-winning documentary films. To start a dialogue, sign up to host a dialogue event on the website. In one week, the film will be mailed to you, with instructions to download discussion guides to help you facilitate and evaluate your dialogue.  

If you are interested in hosting a screening of Inside Islam, please contact the UPF program manager Daniel Tutt at Daniel@upf.tv. To take advantage of these resources and to promote diversity and better facilitate your dialogue, please learn more about our resources here:  http://20000dialogues.org/resources.aspx

Background on the Outreach with Inside Islam
The world premiere on June 3rd, 2009 featured Dr. Madeleine Albright, who endorsed the film, as the keynote speaker before 700 attendees, including participation from numerous government offices, contractors, think tanks and lobbying groups.

Following its highly successful Prince Among Slaves Premiere’s model, UPF, in partnership with local organizations is conducting over 20 film premieres of Inside Islam in cities around the U.S. These premieres bring civic leaders, political leaders, and civic organizations together. More information and a listing of each city can be found at the UPF website.


About the Film
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, (www.insideislam.tv) a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.
Focusing on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy – the film presents remarkable data, challenging the generalizations that Muslims hate democracy, are against the West, are committed to violence, believe women should not have any role in public life and other prevailing notions that shape the discourse of U.S. – Muslim relations. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear. 
Experts features include Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; John Esposito, University Professor at Georgetown University; Rami Khoury, Editor of the Daily Star (Beirut); and Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute. 

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