Posted by on September 06, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh
Fall Intern, 2013

The wait is over: “The Muslims Are Coming!”— to a theater near you. After about a year of anticipation, the documentary film associated with “The Muslims Are Coming!” comedy tour, recipient of Arab American Institute Foundation’s “Special Recognition Award” at the 2012 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala, is premiering in six cities this month.

The film, directed by Arab American comedian Dean Obeidallah and Iranian American Negin Farsad, documents a comedy tour traveling to cities across America using the proven power of comedy to tackle Islamophobia and dispel misperceptions about Muslims. The tour reached out to audiences of diverse backgrounds, opinions and viewpoints, performing free standup in each city and also engaging unsuspecting people in town squares. Among the cities visited were Gainesville, Florida, hometown of notorious Pastor Terry Jones, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where a proposed Islamic community center sparked a controversy and received national attention. Needless to say, the encounters are very funny and also telling about the state of affairs in regard to perceptions of American Muslims and Arab Americans.

The film features comedy icons Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, and Lewis Black; and prominent broadcasters Rachel Maddow, Soledad O’Brien, and Ali Velshi.

The documentary received the Audience Award at the 2012 Austin Film Festival and was featured as Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Previews Editor’s Pick. Farsad and Obeidallah say they are working with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, to bring the film to Capitol Hill for a screening.

Upcoming screenings are:

Tickets can be purchased in advance using the links above. Watch the trailer:


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