Abraham’s Children is a feature documentary about Muslim children in the greater New York area.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and in America. Every 10th child in the New York School system is Muslim. Abraham’s Children tells the stories of some of these children through their own voices.
The film is being distributed and can be downloaded for streaming or purchased as DVD. The film’s website hosts free pdf downloads of viewer and study guides, a press kit, and fliers and has a full screening schedule. For educational distribution please go to Cinema Guild‘s site.
Abraham’s Children was produced and directed by Nina Froriep.
Abraham’s Children’s Accolades
Anthropology Review Database, June 2011, by Jack David Eller: “In a gentle way, the film illustrates that young Muslims in America struggle successfully to integrate their American identities and their Muslim identities—and that Muslim youths are not only normal people but hold many of the attitudes and values that other Americans wish they could instill in their children”.
School Library Journal (scroll down to Social Studies)
“It is refreshing to learn history and vocabulary through the teenagers rather than professors or scholars. There is no agenda to this film other than an open, free discussion. Even the most devout of the teenagers lack dogmatism and speak candidly. Highly recommended to foster dialogue about religion.”
Educational Media Reviews Online: “Stark, direct, humorous and serious. […] Abraham’s Children takes a monumental step in awakening the viewer to the basic similarities shared by all human beings”.
The Daily Record: “Mendham senior Veronica Bann said she was struck by how much the Muslims in the film reminded her of her own Jewish community”.
Emel Magazine: “The viewer is given the opportunity to encounter them as brothers, neighbors, writers and sportsmen amongst other things.”
Auburn Seminary: Featured Documentary: “Let this be a moment for your community to grow in understanding of Muslim life in America.”
Elan: The Guide to Global Muslim Culture: “…elegantly weaves a series of American Muslim children and teenagers’ lives into a work that breaks stereotypes and showcases Islam as it exists and thrives.”
The Stewardship Report: “Scenes in this feature film— warm and humorous, engaging and uplifting — lie in stark contrast to the constant and inaccurate drumbeat of angry and threatening Muslims as portrayed in the mainstream media.”