Films 2018:

An exciting line up of fact and fiction films from film makers from all over the world. Saturday and Sunday at the Noel Ryan Theatre!

Detainee X:

A Muslim American teenager with a passion for video games and comic books finds himself in the crosshairs of an islamphobic and polarized America. DETAINEE X struggles to balance the two worlds of his mother’s rigid religious expectations; and his suburban American upbringing; only to fail at both.

Following several weeks of unknown surveillance, Detainee X is kidnapped in the middle of the night by a special military unit and flown to a secret black site prison outside the United States jurisdiction where he is tried and unlawfully prosecuted in a secret military trial.

While imprisoned he is subjected to inhumane interrogation techniques and is pressured to reveal insight into a pending terrorist attack he claims to know nothing about. As Detainee X tumbles into this dark world of illegal torture and unlawful imprisonment, he discovers the only crime he has committed is being born a Muslim.

Salaam B’y

Following the screening we will have a panel discussion with Aatif Baskanderi, film maker Amer Wala and Amira Elghawaby.

Aatif Baskanderi grew up in a place where not many people looked like him or believed in the same things that he did. As a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants, Newfoundland became home. His experiences growing up on “the rock”was like something out of a storybook. On this cold, isolated island in the Atlantic ocean, Aatif learned sincerity and appreciation for others that would set him up for remarkable success in life.

As an engineer with a keen interest for social justice, he embarked on a journey to connect the two. Guided by his Muslim & Newfoundlander values, this led him to studying at the London School of Economics, researching Fair Trade farmers in Palestine, working on malaria prevention in Sierra Leone, informing science policy in Canada, the UK & Europe, leading Engineers Without Borders across Canada, and currently working as an innovation specialist at a global power company in Calgary, Alberta.

While things are going well for Aatif, the same cannot be said for his home province, which is facing tumultuous economic times. In hopes of inspiring a new generation of Newfoundlanders to live their dreams, Aatif returns to Newfoundland to share his story of pluralism and tolerance.

At a time of increasing racial and religious friction across the west, Aatif’s story is a reminder of what can happen when a community welcomes newcomers with open arms.


When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

I am Rohingya

Following the screening we will have a panel discussion with the cast/ crew and Burma Task Force

I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts is a powerful documentary that chronicles the journey of fourteen Rohingya youth who take to the stage in order to depict their families’ harrowing escape from Burma. With no prior acting experience, the decision to re-enact the stories of their people becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased, and they will not be silenced.

Redneck Muslim

The short film Redneck Muslim explores the life and work of Shane Atkinson, a hospital chaplain in-training at North Carolina’s biggest trauma center and founder of the on-line group the ‘Society of Islamic Rednecks.’ A 45-year old, white “good old boy” from Mississippi who converted to Islam in 1999, Shane is exploring ways to honor his Southern heritage while also challenging white supremacy.