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GISC Screening & Talkback. American Jedi: The Salman Hamdani Story

Join us for this short film screening & talkback with Filmmakers: Nick Eyde & Mohammad Khalil
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
6:30-8:00 PM
Helmut Stern Auditorium Museum of Art Map
When: Sept 12th, 2023 | 6:30 PM ET
Where: U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Join the Global Islamic Studies Center, on September 12th at 6:30 PM at the UMMA for a screening of the short film “American Jedi: The Salman Hamdani Story”. This screening will be followed by a talkback with filmmakers Nick Eyde and Mohammad Khalil.

American Jedi: The Salman Hamdani Story: A devout Muslim and proud American immigrant makes the ultimate heroic sacrifice. Like the fictional Jedi he admires, Salman Hamdani is ready to face adversity for the sake of others. On the morning of September 11, 2001, this young man takes a daring leap and runs toward the Twin Towers. When his body isn't immediately found, his absence inevitably leads to questions--and suspicions. His family is forced to overcome tragedy and ostracization in response to their son's death.

Mohammad Khalil is a professor of Religious Studies, adjunct professor of Law, and the director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University. He has authored and edited multiple books on Islam and Muslims and was the lead investigator of the Muslims of the Midwest digital archive. He received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan.

Nick Eyde played for six seasons in the Italian Football League, quarterbacking for the Rome Ducks, Reggio Emilia Hogs, Lazio Marines and Bolzano Giants, including one Italian Bowl appearance. He is now a real estate developer in the Toledo area. He redeveloped the former Fiberglas Tower into the mixed-use Tower on the Maumee and spearheaded the effort to bring the Italian Bowl to the Glass City (Toledo). He has been a featured guest star on Chicago Fire and has produced a handful of independent film projects.

This event is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, The Department of Middle East Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies, and the MSU Muslim Studies Program.

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Building: Museum of Art
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Discussion, Film, Global Islamic Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)