In “The Muslims I Know“, Mara introduces you to members of the community who whose lives in this country are in so many ways, little different from our own. They enjoy the same parks and restaurants, attend the same schools and work in the same offiices. More than that, they have the same hopes and fears, the same aspirations, and experience the same joys and sorrows. But, they are people who chose to come to this country, and to stay, and to raise their families here. These are the people who chose to be Americans.
In “The Muslims I Know”, Mara engages each member of her entourage of Muslim Americans and their friends and neighbors to introduce him or herself and tell or show us something of their lives here and now, intertwining their stories and familiar images of the local community with images of her birthplace, Lahore Pakistan, and the culture in which she has her roots.
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Irondequoit Town Library, Rm: Irondequoit Bay 1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617 (Enter from Kings Hwy)
** Free and Open to the Public **
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