Comedy and justice issues mix in documentary

What would happen if a couple Muslim-Americans comedians toured the south and southwest of the United States and presented free stand-up comedy shows? Well, you don’t have to imagine what would happen. You can watch what happened when the Second Saturday Documentary Series presents The Muslims Are Coming! on Saturday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church. The screening is free (donations are accepted) and open to the public.

The film follows comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah and some other Muslim comedians in their performances in big cities, small towns, liberal enclaves, conservative hotbeds, rural communities, and everything in between. In the process, we explore the issue of Islamophobia as we watch them hilariously challenge racial, gender, and religious stereotypes. The film includes some added humor from Jon Stewart, David Cross, and Lewis Black.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Fremont activist Moina Shaiq. Ms. Shaiq is a former President of the Tri-City Interfaith Council and continues to hold “Meet a Muslim” forums around the Bay Area and across the country to combat Islamophobia.

Though The Muslims Are Coming! was released in 2012, the themes it addresses are still relevant today – perhaps even more relevant than they were six years ago. Come for a laugh, a sigh, and some good discussion!

The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at http://bit.ly/nilesssds.

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