America at a Crossroads : Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age (2008)

Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In the wake of September 11, 2001, the relationship between Muslim-Americans and their fellow countrymen hardly seems funny to most people, but a new breed of comedians of Muslim faith and Arabic descent are learning to disarm prejudice and defuse tension with humor. Ranging from Maysoon Zayid, a woman in her early twenties who mines laughter from the trials of being a Muslim woman with Cerebral Palsy in New Jersey, to Ahmed Ahmed, a funnyman who does a double act with a Rabbi called "One Arab, One Jew, One Stage," these comedians are challenging the assumptions of many Americans about Muslims while bringing together people of all faiths on the common ground of laughter. Documentary filmmakers Glenn Baker and Omar Naim examine the small but growing phenomenon of Muslim-American comedy in Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come Of Age, which shows a number of Muslim humorists at work as well as sharing the life lessons that inform their work. Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come Of Age received its world premiere at the 2007 Silverdocs Film Festival, a competition founded by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel.