MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Muslims opened the 2nd annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival on Thursday, March 3, not only as a way to educate people on their religion, but also as a way to discuss current events important to Muslim communities.
“We’re particularly seeing that some of the individuals themselves that had been very gung-ho about Guantanamo Bay at the beginning really had a change of heart realizing that when you’re dealing with war there are so many uncertainties,” Janan Najeeb, film festival coordinator and President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, told CBS 58.
“And you may also actually have individuals who are innocent who are being put through these types of trials,” she added.
The festival, coordinated by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, will be showing five films during the next few weeks.
Thursday evening the first film being shown is “Guantanamo Child” telling the story of the youngest-ever person sent to Guantanamo Bay at age 15.
Other films include, Journey into Europe, Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, The Idol, and animation film Bilal.
Muslims make up 1% of America’s 322 million population, according to Pew Research center.
Anti-Muslim sentiments have flared by Republican presidential candidates, such as Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson.
Trump’s views on immigration have sparked controversy nationwide, especially his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US.