I’ve arrived in Pittsburgh for the FFRF convention and, unlike Chicago, it’s sunny and warm.
Reader Dom sent me this link along with a note that “it’s a ‘must watch’ for UK viewers.” Sadly, it won’t be viewable from outside Old Blighty. Mark your calendar for October 13 and lay in a few bottles of Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout or Taddy Porter, and maybe a few packets of Philomena’s Favorite: Monster Munch, pickled onion flavor.
Islam’s Non Believers investigates what life is like for those who choose to no longer call themselves Muslim.
Acclaimed Norwegian director Deeyah Khan was born in Norway in 1977, and has Punjabi and Pashtun descent. Her debut film Banaz: A Love Story from 2012 started a successful career as a film producer. For her debut, Khan won a Peabody Award and an Emmy for best international documentary film. In 2015 the multi-talent from Oslo made the documentary Jihad: A Story of the Others’,which has also received several awards from around the world.
On 13 October, Khan’s latest documentary will have its world premiere on ITV at 10.40pm. The film, titled Islam’s Non Believers, seeks to investigate the lives of ex-Muslims who face extreme discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and violence as a result of leaving Islam.
“I remember saying to my mum, ‘I don’t think I believe in God any more,’ And her saying, ‘You can’t tell anybody else because they’ll kill you, we are obliged to kill ex-Muslims,’ and that it would put me at extreme risk if anybody else was to find out, so that conversation ended there.” – Sadia, a former Muslim
Here, courtesy of Malgorzata, is a TEDx talk by the director, Deeyah Khan, about the difficulties Muslim children face when encountering European culture. They’re pulled in two directions at once, and her talk is very moving.