DEARBORN, Michigan – The world can learn an important lesson from observing the friendship of Imam Talib Al Sanjari and his good friend Rev. Hanna Sulaka. A new video from Sabeel Media portrays the story of their friendship. The two religious leaders, a Muslim and Christian – both originating from Iraq (not knowing each other) – immigrated to the US and became unlikely friends. Recent incidents in Egypt and Iran reveal the urgency of the video’s message.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/30187364 w=594&h=400]
This heart-warming story looks into their everyday life, and give you a clear appreciation for taking efforts to get to know someone who is much different from yourself!
Local film-maker Stephen Coats produced the new video series to begin promoting a video contest that examines cross cultural differences, misunderstandings, religious conflicts — and promoting better understanding with people that are different than ourselves. The video contest, At the Intersection of Faith and Culture, will award cash prizes for the best new videos. First prize is $1500, second prize – $750, and third prize $250. Aspiring film-makers, artists and story tellers can submit video clips for inclusion in the series beginning Dec. 1, 2011
Sabeel Media, which was one of three finalists for the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce’s Innovative Spirit Award in 2010 maintains an office in east Dearborn. Stephen Coats (founder of Sabeel Media) moved to Dearborn after working in Hollywood for over a decade. From their small office across from Joe’s Top Dog Coney Island, Sabeel Media videos on YouTube and Vimeo are changing the world – sending waves of excitement around Dearborn and all over the Middle East.