2005 Annual Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival

Sunday August 28, 2005
Downtown SLC Public Library Square at 210 E 400 South on

The festival celebrates the American ideals of inclusion of multi-ethnic diversity, mutual understanding and tolerance.

The festival is first and foremost a free, fun, family non-commercial celebration where all multi-ethnic communities can have a good time and meet each other.

FREE Film Festival
August 24 and 27th

Sponsored by Salt Lake American Muslim in Cooperation with the Salt Lake City Film Center

Award Winning Movies by Majid Majidi
Downtown SLC Public Library Auditorium

Children of Heaven
Wednesday, August 24 at 5pm

Winner of three main prizes at the 1997 Montreal World Film Festival (including the audience award for most popular feature), this charming film follows the adventures of eight-year-old Ali as he first attempts to recover, then win, a pair of shoes for his younger sister Zahra. Majid Majidi’s third feature deploys the standard, but effective narrative device of putting plucky yet vulnerable children on a quest more urgent than their years warrant.

The Color of Paradise
Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm

Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a cat, finds the bird, climbs a tree, and puts it back. His father finally comes and takes him to their village where his sisters and granny await. The lad is a loving student of nature and longs for village life with his family, but his father is ashamed of him, wanting to farm the boy out to clear the way for marriage to a woman who knows nothing of this son. Over granny's objections, dad apprentices Mohammad far from home to a blind carpenter. Can anything bring father and son together?

The Message
Saturday, August 27 at 2:30pm

Islamic producer/director Moustapha Akkad made the classic, THE MESSAGE (a.k.a. Mohammed: The Messenger of God) starring Anthony Quinn as a labor of love so that the truth about Islam would finally be told through film. Remaining within the strict teachings of Islam, Akkad finds ways to tell the story of Mohammed without photographing the prophet-founder or any of the central figures of the Faith, like Ali. It works. And, Akkad's project received the approval and blessing of Islamic officials. (The Lebanese film received approval in accuracy and fidelity from the High Islamic Congress of the Shiat in Lebanon and from the University of Al-Azhar in Cairo).



Salt Lake American Muslim Media Forum
Saturday, August 27th, noon to 2:30pm
Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium

Notable American Muslim Media representatives have been invited to participate including:

- Akhtar Mahmud Faruqi, Editor of Pakistan Link one of the oldest English Language Muslim Newspapers in the United States.
- Tayyibah Taylor, the founder of African American Women’s English language Azizah Magazine
- Marwan Ahmad, the Chief Editor of Muslim Voice a southwest English language regional newspaper
- Ossama Elshamy, Anchor, English Language US Muslim Bridges TV Channel

Moderated by James A. Fisher, Jr., Assistant Professor Lecturer, University of Utah

Leading Salt Lake Media representative have also bee invited to this forum with acceptances from:

- Ben Fulton, Editor City Weekly
- Geoff Fattah, Reporter, Deseret News
- Bryan Schott, KCPW News Director
- Fred Esplin, Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Utah
- Peg McEntee, Assistant Managing Editor/News, The Salt Lake Tribune

The forum will start at Noon and conclude by 2pm. KCPW intends to record the Forum for later broadcast.

The forum will provide an opportunity for American Muslim Media representatives to examine in an interactive format the issue:

Does the American media at-large cover news affecting Muslims in a fair, adequate, and effective manner or not? And if not, then what are the remedies?

Attending Salt Lake Media representatives would have an opportunity to respond from a non-Muslim and a different perspective to the same topic. A secondary topic for the forum is:

How adequate and effective is the American Muslim Media’s own coverage of news affecting American Muslims and handicaps they face, if any?

Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival

Sunday August 28, 2:00 -9:00pm
Salt Lake City Public Library Square/Plaza
210 E. 400 South



We'll have food, vendors and fun for the whole family!

Schedule of events:

Verses of the Quran, National Anthem, Dignitary speakers: Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Caroon, SLC Mayor Ross Anderson, Representative David Litvak, American Indian Minority Affairs Director Forrest Cuch and other Native American, African American, Sikh, Jewish and ethnic leaders. In recognition of the Festival Mayor Anderson intends to proclaim Aug 28, 2005 as Multi-Ethnic Solidarity Day.

Vietnamese Dragon Dance

Bien Flamenco

Royal Heritage Afro-American Hispanic Muslim

Kola Bosnian

Shaolin Arts

ACELA Central American Spanish Dances

Aag Pakistani Group

Suzuki Violinists Children's Group

Tibetan Roof of the Word Dance & Grape Harvest Dance

Eastern Arts Central Asian Dances

Haroon Muslim Rap

Saudi Arabian Dance

Cultural Dance from India

Program Ends 8pm - Festival Closes at 9pm

Please visit the festival website:

Ghulam H. Hasnain, Organizer
Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival
Phone (801) 523-8266