Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football (2011)
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Fordson follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football
It rather proudly affirms the American dream, reclaiming it for Muslims who see no conflict between their patriotism and their faith.
The biggest travesty isn't that the movie fails to stir "Rudy"-caliber emotions. It's that there was a meaningful story hiding behind the guise of a less serious genre.
Coming on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, this snapshot of middle America is a worthwhile addition to the cultural conversation.
Thankfully, the kids' complicated impulses resist such packaging, whether they're catcalling head-scarved co-eds outside the local gas station or channeling racial resentments into extra hard hits.
In this slick, professionally assembled football documentary, Muslim-American director Rashid Ghazi focuses on Arabs living in Dearborn, Michigan in a post-9/11 world.
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