Film Project Focuses on Muslim College Experience in Milwaukee

March 23, 2006

Source: Marquette Tribune

On March 23, 2006 the Marquette Tribune reported, "Milwaukee should get ready for its close-up — shooting for 'Generation Jazba,' an independent film about Muslim college students in Milwaukee, is tentatively scheduled to begin in May of 2007. Writer and director Brooke Maroldi and producer Allyson Bahr said they plan to show the movie at prominent independent film festivals including Tribeca, Sundance and Toronto, among others. In order to help reach this goal they are a holding a fundraiser tonight, where promotional material for the movie will also be shot, according to a press release. Based on a story by Qudsia Sethi, the film follows the lives of a group of Muslim college students living in Milwaukee as they struggle to find their place in a world between their Muslim roots and American society... Maroldi and Bahr said that through their film, they hope to present a new image of Milwaukee. 'Milwaukee has been kind of badly portrayed in the past. It's almost embarrassing,' Maroldi said. 'I think this is going to show a view of Milwaukee that a lot of people across the country have never seen'... Although the film is about Muslim students, Bohr said its themes are really universal and that college students everywhere should be able to relate to it. The movie is about 'how you carve yourself into this world and become a person,' she said. 'And I think that all college students can relate to that.'"