Little Mosque on the Prairie
Little Mosque on the Prairie was an original comedy from CBC Television about a small Muslim community in the prairie town of Mercy, many of whose residents are wary of their new, more “exotic” neighbors. The series takes an unabashedly funny look at the congregation of a rural mosque and their attempt to live in harmony with the often skeptical, even down right suspicious, residents of their little prairie town. The sitcom reveals that, although different, we are all surprisingly similar when it comes to family, love, the generation gap and our attempts to balance our secular and religious lives.
Me & The Mosque
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In North America, a large number of converts are women. Many are drawn to the religion because of its emphasis on social justice and spiritual equality between the sexes.
Ironically many mosques force women to pray behind barriers away from the men, and some mosques do not even permit women to enter the building. When it comes to user-friendliness for women, Canadian mosques run the entire gamut.
In Me and the Mosque, journalist and filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz visits mosques throughout Canada and talks to scholars, colleagues, friends and neighbours about equal access for women
Death Threat is a comic farce about Yasmeen Siddiqui, a young Muslim woman. She has just written her first novel and can’t understand why no less than fifty-nine publishers would reject a romantic epic like The Unquenched Wench of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Thinking perhaps she is not controversial enough, Yasmeen sets out to exploit her sweet-natured fellow Muslims in order to get a death threat in the hopes of generating publicity. She deviously succeeds in getting an apparent bounty on her life. To her chagrin, the media becomes patronisingly interested in Yasmeen, the “poor oppressed Muslim woman,” rather than Yasmeen, the talented new kid in Canadian Lit.
Death Threat premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998.
In this short comedy, two Canadian Muslim brothers are sleeping in their home when the barbecue in the backyard explodes. They are immediately suspected of being dangerous Middle Eastern terrorists. Their neighbourhood turns against them, as does the news media and the legal system. Meanwhile, the environmental terrorists/activists who perpetrated the crime are frustrated as their attempt at sensationalizing their cause goes unrecognized by the news media. This film was inspired by events following the Oklahoma City bombing.
BBQ Muslims premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1996.
Arrested at the airport as the result of racial profiling and late for his wedding, a desperate young man uses the power of the media to set him free, only to become the subject of another “random check” en route to his honeymoon.
Fred is a down and out hustler being pursued by a loan shark. Desperate to rob a local convenience store, he steals his Muslim neighbor’s niqab and robes – the perfect disguise – only to be mistaken for a potential bride by the owner of the store.