Wednesday, July 30, 2008

US Film Festivals in the next few weeks

AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis film has been accepted into the following US film festivals scheduled over the next few weeks:

West Hollywood, California: West Hollywood International Film Festival

Wed, July 30: 8:30PM
Regency Theater
7907 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Seattle, Washington: Tasveer
(profits go to charity)

Sunday, Aug 3rd: 1-3pm
Central Cinema 
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122 (

Houston, Texas: Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Sat, Aug 9: 4:10pm
Sheraton North Houston
15700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Houston, TX 77032

We hope you can attend!

Plus the film just screened in the Real to Reel Film Festival in Cleveland County, North Carolina last week: 

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Aga Khan Film - now in TEN Languages

Forwarded from our e-mail blast:

Dear Supporter

The Africa Premieres went incredibly well with a big launch in Dar es Salaam, followed by screenings in Kampala, Mombasa, and Nairobi. We had great turnouts at the events with politicians, ambassadors, embassy staff, development workers, press, academia, and people from the general public of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. We hope you followed the blog which includes lots of pictures from the trip:

And thanks to a few generous people, AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis film is now available in ten languages. Yes, TEN LANGUAGES!!! We meant it when we said this is a film for the East as much as it is for the West!

Our film has been sub-titled for Arabic, Gujarati, French, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Russian Cyrillic, Spanish, German, and English. The new version of the DVD is now available for purchasing from the website:

Thank you for all your loyal support. Without you, the film would not be where it is today.

Keep spreading the word,

Shamir & the Aga Khan Film team

Sunday, July 27, 2008

An example of the clash of ignorance

Unbelievable. This is a great example of the clash of ignorance that the Aga Khan speaks of. See the article below my questions:
Questions that came to mind:
-Did the writer do any research on the Aga Khan and his countless examples of development work??? How about research on the Aga Khan's commitment to peace between Muslims and non-Muslims and his repeated emphasis on the values of tolerance and pluralism?
-does the writer understand anything about Islam or even Muslims? (or even when to use the world Islam versus Muslim?!) Does he understand the simple, basic fact that not all Muslims are terrorists (in fact, the overwhelming majority are peaceful and peace-loving)? Does he understand that Islam is not a monolith? (Just as Christianity or Judaism is not.)
-When has the Aga Khan ever preached America's destruction?
-I am not a believer in fear tactics but isn't this the wrong person to be fearful of? And doesn't using fear tactics in this way diminish the credibility of fear tactics overall? (The sky is falling approach - "What has this nation come to?") Maybe James needs to inform himself better on the subject and read a speech of the Aga Khan's as a minimum before writing such a piece. Or better yet, I hope James emails me so I can send him a copy of the film.

Sounds scary

Sounds scary

Most of the public understands that universities confer honorary degrees with somewhat selfish motives of fund raising or political posturing in mind.

Nevertheless, to use a major university’s name to make a questionable award certainly can raise eyebrows and possibly have the opposite of the desired effect.

Harvard University in its spring commencement, awarded five honorary doctorate degrees. Among the honorees, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Aga Khan.

Aga Khan?

Possibly not a household name, but Khan is none other than the spiritual leader of millions of Shia Muslims in 25 countries.

Harvard’s published reasons for Khan’s award does not include anything noteworthy other than his political position — no pioneering research, certainly no contributions to world peace.

Here we are more than five years into fighting the Muslims in the war on terror, and almost seven years after Muslim fanatics attacked the World Trade Center.

We still see a steady stream of maimed GIs and bodybags from Iraq — again the handy work of Muslims.

Yet, America’s oldest, most prestigious university makes one of Muslim key leaders an “Honorary Doctor of Laws.”

What has this nation come to? It is scary enough for a handful of liberals to embrace Muslims and their lifestyle, but to push these beliefs on the rest of the country when they openly preach America’s destruction is unforgivable.

James W. Anderson


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shamir Allibhai on 1-hour TV chat show

The Larry King of Tanzania: Hamza Kassongo and his weekly self-titled show. His episode of July 16th, 2008, he sat down with me where we discussed the film journey, most memorable moments, criticism, and more.