Musa Syeed is an independent filmmaker and writer. His most recent film is called Bronx Princess, which follows a New York teenager reuniting with her loyal father in Africa. It won Best Documentary Short at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It was broadcast nationally on PBS' POV in September 2009. He also produces original theatrical work for the Children's Museum of Manhattan. He studied experimental filmmaking in Cairo, Egypt as a Fullbright Fellow. In our session with Musa Syeed, we discussed the predicament of how Muslims are portrayed in today's media.
Our guest speaker last night, Daniel Tutt, is the Outreach Director for Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), an NGO which utilizes the powerful influence of the media to engage Americans in dialogue aimed at replacing negative perceptions of Muslims with positive ones.