DEARBORN, Mich. — A new documentary film, Sacrificed Survivors (The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque) will have a special screening in Dearborn at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center today at 5:30pm, as the film producers kick off a nationwide tour promoting the film.
The film producers chose the Dearborn location to screen the film because of it’s close proximity to the ISNA Diversity Forum at the DoubleTree (on Ford Road) where New York based Imam Rauf will be the key note speaker this evening at 7:30pm. The controversial Imam Rauf has been praised by many political leaders including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and named Man of the Year for 2010 by Dearborn based Yemeni American News.
In the Fox News video clip above, Ryan Mauro talks about the upcoming film screenings.
Local video producer and movie critic Stephen Coats of Sabeel Media (who has not seen the new movie) expressed his concern that it “might be a Michael Moore type documentary” — where the film producer has “an agenda” and only interviews people that he knows will promote “the same agenda”.
FOX News will be interviewing Andy Sullivan, the founder of the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge, a petition signed by construction workers pledging to never participate in the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque. Sullivan escaped The World Trade Center before it collapsed and worked for three weeks with the bucket brigade to search for survivors.
“Without those moderate Muslims we will not have a chance. This is another reason we are not about hate or painting the Muslim people with a broad brush. They love the Freedoms and Liberties of this Nation as much as any patriot.”
FOX News says they will also be interviewing Shereef Akeel, ADC Michigan Advisory Board Chairman who has defended the Arab-American community’s civil rights since the events of 9/11 (11-Sep-2001).
Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-American human rights activist, who will be among the panelists answering questions at the movie screening this evening. A former Muslim, Darwish blames “the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth” — for the death of her father.
“Rauf speaks like a war strategist who wants to use the media to shape perceptions to promote his strategic action plays in the area of foreign policy… I think he is still dreaming of the good old days when the Egyptian media propaganda machine I lived under and participated in was at its strongest. Before moving to America, I was a journalist and media censor in the Middle East News Agency. There is no other way to interpret what Rauf wants: to use the media the way the tyrants and dictators of the Middle East do: as a traditional Islamic tool of indoctrination, misinformation and propaganda.” ~ Nonie Darwish