Film explores developing Muslim identity in post-9/11 America

Contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
Photo of Nia Long and Evan Ross, stars of the film "Mooz-lum."

Nia Long and Evan Ross star in "Mooz-lum."

KALAMAZOO—The Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations will present "Mooz-lum," a groundbreaking film examining life as a Muslim in a post-9/11 world, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

Screening of the film will be followed by a Skype discussion with director Qasim "Q" Basir. Admission is free.

The film's main character Tariq (Evan Ross), raised in a strict Muslim household, is navigating his way through his first year of college when the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occur. From there, Tariq works to find his identity amid the often-conflicting influences of his faith, U.S. culture and anti-Muslim sentiment following 9/11. The film is in English with a run time of 95 minutes.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Muslim Student Association, Department of Comparative Religion and Campus Activities Board collaborated with the Walker Institute to bring the film to campus.

Directions and parking

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane on WMU's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre, which is also reachable via Bronco Transit. Visit for routes and schedules.

For more information about the event, contact the Walker Institute at (269) 387-2141 or