Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream

Doors Open: 6:00 pm

Film Starts: 6:30 pm followed by a Panel Discussion till 9:00 pm




Join us for this first UK screening with Director Rashid Ghazi, Coach Fouad “Walker” Zaban, Former Principal of Fordson High Imad Fadlallah and the stars of the Fordson Tractors Football squad Ali Baidoun, Bilal Abu-Omarah, Baquer Sayed, Hassan Houssaiky.

Presented with support from The London Tigers and The Cordoba Foundation

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football follows a predominately Muslim and Arab high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle, under the dark clouds of growing anti-Muslim hatred, for acceptance in post 9/11 America.

Through the eyes of the team, their coaches, and their fans, Fordson offers an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to share in and hold on to the American Dream.

Winner of…

Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Documentary, 2011 Traverse City Film Festival

Best Documentary, 2011 Manhattan Film Festival

Special Grand Jury Award, 2011 Slamdance Film Festival

Special Jury Prize, 2011 DEADCenter Film Festival

Audience and Founders Award, 2011 Politics on Film Festival

Best Documentary Award, 2011 Detroit-Windsor Film Festival

Best Documentary, 2011 Land Lock Film Festival

Champion of the World Cup Film Awards

2011 Cine Golden Eagle Award

This screening is made possible by the generous support of the Cultural Attaché’s Office

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