Cinemas Fight Islam Stereotypes

February 17, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

The stereotypical media cliches about Islam, cultural identity, fundamentalism and honor killing are taking the central stage in this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

"It has taken nearly 10 years after 9/11, but these issues are finally going from the headlines into the cinemas," German director Burhan Qurbani told.

"These are things we have to talk about."

Qurbani’s film “Shahada” (Faith) highlights the difficulty of being Muslim in a majority-Christian culture.

The film, premiers Wednesday, tells the story of three different Muslims in Germany trying to cope between their religious backgrounds and cultural identity.

"Partly, the film is about the contradictions in both cultures, about living in a culture to which one does not really belong. The twisting of identity," said Qurbani, of Afghani origin.

The festival also sees the debut of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s new film “My Name Is Khan”.