Honoring Voices of Courage and Conscience
In these unique and challenging times, it is more important than ever to honor people and projects using art and media for social change. We will celebrate authentic portrayals of Islam and Muslims, and recognize members of the entertainment industry who are promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice through their craft.
See our honorees below.
Sir Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof launched “Band Aid” and “Live Aid,” raising over £150 million ($209 million) for Ethiopian famine relief, and millions more for Darfur and the victims of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
For his humanitarian work, Sir Bob Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, received an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and presented the “Freedom of the City of Dublin” award.
Geldof returned that award in protest that his fellow awardee, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has permitted the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
Secret Life of Muslims
Filmmaker Joshua Seftel has created a range of groundbreaking projects, from Lost and Found, about Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children, War Inc., a political satire starring John Cusack, Ben Kingsley and Marisa Tomei, and the Emmy Award-winning show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Seftel is the creator of the Emmy-nominated series The Secret Life of Muslims, which features a diverse set of American Muslims speaking directly about their own experiences, illuminating the existing complexity and diversity of America’s 3.3 million Muslims.
The Tiger Hunter
Lena Khan is the first American Muslim woman to direct a feature film garnering critical acclaim across the festival circuit and mainstream distribution. The Tiger Hunter is the story of a young Indian Muslim who immigrates to Chicago in the 1970’s to pursue the American Dream.
This beautifully crafted, intergenerational family love story shows the power of film to both entertain and be a tool for defending the vulnerable and marginalized.
What can I expect?
In addition to our awardees, this year we will have the tremendous opportunity to honor a legend of activism and philanthropy, Sir Bob Geldof, with our Lifetime Achievement Award.
More guests from the entertainment industry will join us than ever before, as our Hollywood Bureau’s work has grown exponentially through our consulting projects, participation on industry panels, and the convening of our Hollywood Advisory Committee.
An enormous shift has taken place this year in Hollywood, with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements bringing women’s rights and respect to the forefront. Representation, inclusion, and respect are vitally important to us and will be reflected in our program.