“Fordson”: A Documentary Film on Muslim-American Passion for Football in Dearborn
Rashid Ghazi’s new documentary, Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, came out on 9/11, 2011. Ghazi personally funded and directed this portrait of a week in the life of a Detroit community at the beginning of 2009 school year. The film focuses on the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, with specific emphasis on Fordson High School, where about sixty percent of the students are Arab/Muslim Americans. The documentary has already received several awards at festivals and very positive reviews.
The film “Fordson” looks at Muslim high school athletes preparing for a football game during Ramadan, but the real narrative paints layers in the evolution and lives of the Dearborn community as Americans, as Arabs, as Muslims, as people. While the backlash by Americans against Muslims has sometimes targeted Sikhs and Hindus who were mistaken for Muslims, no group has been as vilified and attacked as much as Arabs in the US. Blending football, youngster’s lives and popular culture with the history of Dearborn and tying together the experiences in the high school, personal moments, and the 9/11 backlash, the movie provides a unique perspective on Muslim Americans. See the links below to the film website, the youtube trailer, and to a review of the film by Mozaffar