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Windows On Series: Current Opportunities for Producing Muslim Content, Here and Abroad - 8/24
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When: Monday, August 24, 2020
3pm PDT | 6pm EDT
Where: United States

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Windows On Series: Current Opportunities for
Producing Muslim Content, Here and Abroad



Monday, August 24th

3:00 p.m. PDT | 6:00 p.m. EDT

Muslims represent a worldwide media audience of 1.8 billion people, nearly ¼ of the earth’s population. For decades Muslims had been portrayed as terrorists or other misinformed stereotypes but the tides are turning and now more authentic depictions are showing that all of humanity has more in common than it has divisions. Our panel of experienced Muslim producers will share their experience in telling authentic Muslim stories from concept to script to screen while collaborating with studios, networks, writers, directors, and other creatives who may be unfamiliar with Muslim narratives. We will find out what these producers are working on, and what the see as the current opportunities available for enterprising US producers.


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Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar

Aminah is a writer, producer, director, and professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles. She was born and raised in South Central LA and her father is activist and author Donald Bakeer, who wrote the novel that the film SOUTH CENTRAL is based on. She holds a B.A. from U.S.C. in Cinema T.V. and an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA’s Film & T.V. Department.

Aminah has participated in Film Independent’s Project Involve and Screenwriter’s Lab. Her short film, PERSONAL TOUCH, which deals with her mother’s death from breast cancer, won the Liddel Art Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and screened on KCET. After, Aminah wrote and directed DORSEY, a Multi-Camera TV Pilot about colorism in the Black Community (starring: Christy Knowings, Wesley Jonathan, and Wesley Jonathan). This landed her a coveted Directing Internship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and she shadowed on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and was featured on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.

Next, Aminah won the Visionary Award at the Pan African Film Festival for BILALIAN, a feature-length documentary about African-American Muslims in America and Africa, and received glowing reviews in several publications including “Variety” and broadcasted on the B.E.T. network. After, Aminah co-wrote, produced, and directed the web series BedRest (starring: Pratima Anáe and Tiffany Haddish), a comedy about a woman trapped on Bed Rest, which played on Blip.TV. Recently, Aminah’s narrative feature film, MUSLIMAH’S GUIDE TO MARRIAGE (starring: Ebony Perry, Glenn Plummer, Kareem Grimes, and BT Kingsley), which is about a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim Woman who has seven days and fourteen hours to save her marriage, won the Audience Award at the Pan African Film Festival and will be released soon. Currently, Aminah is in development on a T.V. series at Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions.  



Mike Mosallam

Mike Mosallam is a producer, director, writer for theatre, film, and television. Through his production company, Mike Mosallam Productions (, he and his team produced short films: Breaking Fast (Cannes Film Festival) and Brothers (11-time Jury & Audience Award Winner), both written and directed by Mike, along with the upcoming "Ubuntu." His feature film debut, Breaking Fast (based on the short), had its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2020 and its Los Angeles premiere shortly thereafter at Outfest Fusion. Despite the current global pandemic, Breaking Fast is having a healthy festival run. He is the creator and Co-Executive-Producer of the critically acclaimed TLC series, All-American Muslim. Most recently, Mike is Executive Creative Consultant on Season 2 of Hulu's Ramy (episode 9). He is currently writing his 2nd feature loosely based on his experience as a pre-teen living on his brother's college campus. On the theatre side, Mike has produced and directed more than 100 theatrical productions from large-scale musicals, intimate cabaret settings, plays, concerts, and multimedia theatrical events.Sr. Director, Music & Brand Partnerships.


Ahmed Musiol


Ahmed Musiol is the founder of Familiar Stranger, a newly formed studio-based film and television production company.  Familiar Stranger is on a mission to change the narrative for Muslims in media by championing stories rooted in celebrating and restoring our shared universal values.  Prior to Familiar Stranger, Ahmed co-founded Wayfarer Entertainment, serving as executive producer and director on award-winning documentary series such as My Last Days (CW Network) for which he received an Emmy Honors and Man Enough. Earlier in his career, Ahmed worked with a number of major brands producing countless branded content stories over the years. Most recently, he served as an associate producer on the upcoming Disney film, “Clouds”.  Ahmed is a board member of the Wayfarer Foundation and actively supports a number of nonprofit organizations.



Amatus-Sami Karim


Amatus-Sami Karim is a multi-hyphenated producer, write, sound artist and actress. HBO’s documentary “We are the Dream” is one of several docs where she has either served as producer or composer. She did film composition and sound design for the Obie award-winning play "Sunset Baby," and sound design and music for the off-Broadway play "The Homecoming Queen” for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk award. Most recently Amatus has acted in a series of shorts on laughter and trauma. Amatus-Sami is also a partner in the production company Know Wonder with actor/producer Mashershala Ali. 


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