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Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community

What if you were denied the right to practice your religion?


Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community is a compelling story of the American spirit. 1 hour.

The film takes viewers into the life and struggle of Zia Rahman, a determined but ailing man, who sets out to build a mosque in his suburban community. Against the backdrop of post 9/11 fears that threaten to scuttle the project, a coalition forms that includes a Catholic Priest, two Rabbis, and a Buddhist, who join Zia to support his efforts. There's power in their union and they ultimately succeed in helping to get the mosque built, revealing the best of American ideals at one of the most difficult times in American history.

Now Zia is a tireless advocate of interreligious understanding and the mosque frequently hosts interfaith events.

The film explores some of the difficulties faced by American Muslims since post 9/11 and shows how American patriotism is not only reflected in an outward projection of our strength, but also by the defense of our values, especially the bedrock value of liberty and justice for all.