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  • Finding Nenek - The Girl in the Batik Dress

    An adventure to find out who my Grandmother was and why she left Indonesia.

    I grew up with my identity in crisis. A London boy who has never been enough of anything to be anything. I'm not Western enough to be Western, Eastern enough to be Eastern. I grew up yearning for a sense of belonging, se...

  • Dar al Islam, New Mexico: America's Eco Mosque and Retreat

    Tim Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad) interviews environmentalist Othman Llewellyn at the Dar al Islam Mosque, New Mexico.
    The Dar al Islam campus is anchored around a Mosque and a school building on a hilly plateau across from the historic village of Abiquiu in Northern New Mexico.

    The original build...

  • Bas Ek Pyali Chai (Just One Cup of Tea)

    Tea is that one thing everyone loves to have, but can it be so special for someone that he can wait for just that special cup for years? A narrative journey of Ghulam Raees (Rashid Farooqi) who takes us back in time where he used to work at the tea store of Ahmedeen (Qazi Wajid) and they both use...

  • Haiderium: Zain Zohaib

    Zain Ali and Zohaib Ali are brothers and the grandsons of USTAD HAJI REHMAT ALI KHAN who performed for 40 years with the legendary USTAD NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN on 2nd Harmonium. Zain Ali and Zohaib Ali have distinguished themselves by a tone and expansive vocal abilities reminiscent of their illus...

  • Aj Sik Mitraan Di: Saakin

    This is a musical performance by Saakin, of the most famous "naat" of the great Sufi Saint, Pir Mehr Ali Shah (d. 1937) - Aj Sik Mitraan di. A "naat" is a devotional poem that is sung and expresses love for the Prophet Muhammad. "Naats" are perhaps the most widespread of the "musical" traditions ...

  • Inside Saudi Arabia, 1973

    This archive documentary from 1973 explores the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which was relatively unknown and mysterious to the world in the 1970s and how it develops following the oil boom and increasing demand for the fuel.

  • The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

    The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to cultural and historic preservation operating in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation's history, and instil pride in Pakistani citizens about their herita...

  • The Mosque Across the Street

    When an Islamic center purchased a plot of land opposite a church in Memphis, Tennessee, the local Muslim community expected hostility. Pastor Steve Stone had something else in mind.

    Upstanders is a Starbucks Original Series celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positi...

  • The Architecture of the Veil - Damascene Houses

    'Damascene Houses - preserving the memory of an architectural wonder'.

    In 2017-18, Augustus Lersten was awarded a grant for the production of a video on 'Damascene Houses' - Interior dimensions, architecture, and the cultural nuances and stories that these houses carry and what they mean to Syri...

  • Rizwan Muazzam : Qawwali Boiler Room Performance, London

    When the unfogettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, be left a musical vacuum into which stepped his two teenage nephews. Despite their tender age, they were determined that their group Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali should continue their uncle’s pioreering
    efforts to tran...

  • White of the Pakistani Flag

    This documentary shows the patriotism of Hindus, Sikh and Christians, living in the Muslim majority country of Pakistan, commemorating March 23rd (Pakistan Day); the day a resolution was passed in Lahore that laid the foundation for the creation of Pakistan. The white stripe in the national flag ...

  • Qawwali - Music of the Mystics

    This is a trailer for a film documentary twenty years in the making, culminating in the ultimate Qawwali documentary series. Three hours of carefully curated, never before published material.

    Follow the unique journey of the only Western-born Qawwali ensemble as they travel between India & Pakis...

  • The Gates of Lahore

    Many cities around the world have their own past but as the city enters the contemporary world, the story of the past becomes history. The inhabitants of the city are well aware of the past but choose to forget it instead.

    The ancient Lahore still exists in the city which is now referred to as T...

  • In Conversation Ibtihaj Muhammad and Darren Walker

    Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad speaks with Ford Foundation president Darren Walker on what it means to be a woman of color, Muslim, American, and an athlete in the current political and historical moment.

  • Kayaal Theatre Company: Theatre Without Walls

    We bring together artists and audiences of different faiths and secular affiliations to harness and mobilise the inclusive energy of shared story in order to connect hearts and foster greater intercultural and interfaith dialogue, understanding and engagement between Muslim communities and the wi...

  • A Day in the Life of the Kite Makers of Murad Khani

    In Murad Khani, the Old City of Kabul, the spring sunshine brings kite flyers out in their hundreds, and brightly coloured kites can be seen dotting the skyline. Here, the children of Murad Khani wait patiently for the first sign of spring.

  • A Day in the Life of an Artisan Jeweller

    Meet Saeeda and Storai, two best friends and jewellers who studied together at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Together, they create intricately handcrafted jewellery inspired by Afghan traditions.

  • A Day in the Life of an Istalifi Potter

    Follow a day in the life of master potter Abdul Matin. Abdul Matin was born in Istalif, a village nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. For 400 years Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, but in 1999 the village was razed to the ground by the Taliban. Abdul Matin was forced to bury ...

  • Coke Studio for the Deaf

    Nine million people in Pakistan have some sort of hearing impairment. They can experience the rhythm of music through touch and sight, and we believe music is a feeling everyone should experience. Introducing Coke Studio for the Deaf.

  • Madinay Wala Jahaaz (The Aeroplane to Madina)

    This short film revolves around the story of a father and son who put everything at risk to follow their dream of living the big city life. Taking unexpected turns and emotional trips, this family of two ends up realizing how all that glitters is not gold.

  • Saieen Zahoor - Yaar Di Kamli

    Bangladesh’s folk music boasts a rich heritage and bonding with the roots of the culture that is still practically unheard of by the global audience. Dhaka International Folk Fest is here to provide the international platform where the entire planet can enjoy the culture’s true form embodied in i...

  • Multan Sultan - Waqt-e-Junoob (The Era of the South)

    This promotional video for the Multan Sultans cricket team of Pakistan, perfectly captures the essence of Multan and shows the colour and vibrance of diverse Pakistani culture. Featuring the legendary Pakistan singer and musician Attaullah Eisa Khelvi

  • Black American Muslim

    “I could choose to hide… but, Islam gives me a place to hope for better,” says Lawrence Coleman. He has experienced most of his life through the layered lens of three identities: Black, American and Muslim. Throughout his life, balancing those identities has posed some unique struggles for Colema...

  • Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presents the 20th Anniversary Edition re-release of the historical documentary film, "Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan." The documentary was part of Ambassador Ahmed's 1990s Jinnah Quartet of projects about the founder of Pakistan, which also included "Jinnah," a feature ...