Festival to challenge stereotypes of Islam

THE inaugural International Muslim Film Festival will premiere in Perth on September 7 and 8.

It’s being organised by alternative media group Badayel House, and Festival director Joanne McKeown says the aim is to break down prejudice and misconceptions about Muslims and to humanise their stories.

There’s 36 short films with some international selections and some local offerings in the mix, including Overcoat, a short mystery filmed by ECU students around Perth and Fremantle.

• Overcoat was adapted into a screenplay by Fazal Subhani and filmed around Perth and Freo.

Found, an Australian film about Islamaphobia, was shot following the 9/11 attacks.

“The films are of a very high caliber and cover a multitude of topics,” said festival spokesperson Kuranda Seyit.

“We had a large pool of entries and choosing the finalists was tough. However, I feel that we have some worthy winners.

“Both Perth and Melbourne really need an event of this nature, which celebrates our diversity and our creative arts.”

In another first, Perth’s getting something before Melbourne: Their screenings are a week after ours.

The films are on at Backlot theatre at 21 Simpson Street, West Perth, see muslimfilmfestival.com.au or 0412 318 045 for screenings.

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