RABIA – Hasan’s Biopic Film On Wafa Idris

(Nothing to do with Colorado politics, but frontpaged anyway because if there’s one world issue that more people need to take a few minutes out of their lives to understand, it’s the Israel/Palestine conflict and the basic human suffering behind what we tend to narrowly see as “terrorism” or “evil” /soapbox – promoted by ProgressiveCowgirl)

Dearest friends:

This may not be diary worthy, but in running for office in Colorado twice, one of the sticky issues that often hurt my campaigns was the accusation that I was a sympathizer of suicide bombing, with the making of my film RABIA as evidence. RABIA is the biopic of Palestine’s first female suicide bomber, Wafa Idris, a film that went on to screen at over 85 film festivals, winning over 35 awards. It is not a pro-terrorism film (and I condemn all forms of suicide bombing), but to clear the slandered records from 2008 and 2010, I wanted to write this diary on Colorado’s finest political blog – due to legal issues, I couldn’t put RABIA online when I was running for State House in 2008 and State Treasurer in 2010, but fortunately, RABIA is now online and available for download at:

http://www.rabiamovie.com/

Any frontpaging is appreciated and I hope you all enjoy the film. With love and peace – Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. nancycronk says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing it. I will do that very soon.

    Of course you denounce suicide bombings, Ali. I dream of the day people are not prejudged by their ethnicity, religion, cultural heritage, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, political affiliation, or any other superficial characteristic. Assuming everyone with a Muslim family name is sympathetic to terrorism is like assuming anyone who is white and Christian was sympathetic to Hitler or the Oklahoma City bomber. It’s time to get to know our neighbors — not just the ones who look like us — but all of them. As Margaret Mead taught us decades ago, “People are more alike than different”.

    Peace to you, my friend.

  2. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Last scene makes me all choked up every time still.

    Thanks for telling the stories of women so well, Ali — there aren’t many men who write relatable, human, multidimensional women.

  3. BlueCat says:

    that says 406 Not Acceptable.  

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      Dude seems to have promoted this so many places that the site keeps going down. It was down earlier too, but I was able to get there just now.  

      • BlueCat says:

        I’ll try later.

        • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

          (It’s a big file)

          I’ll burn ya a disc if you like.  

          • nancycronk says:

            Computer-challenged here. I see a “download” button, but that’s about it. I started downloading it 20 minutes ago, and it is stll only 22% downloaded. Any chance you could send it to Hulu, Ali, so that others could see it there, too?

            • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

              But that download time is normal for a file of that size on an average connection speed. Leave it overnight and it’ll probably come through.

              I just have the file already, so I can put it on a disc for anyone who can’t get it online (thanks, Ali, for that little “feel free to share” message, I will!)

              If your download hangs up or something and you can’t get it, send me your address on Facebook and I’ll make you a copy and drop it in the mail. <3

              • nancycronk says:

                I’d like to address your intro which says, “nothing to do with Colorado politics, but….”

                I have not seen the film yet, but it sounds like the film helps to understand the mindset of an accused suicide bomber, and tells of the incidents surrounding the story. Politics is about human events, and all human events are driven by perspective. Our two world wars and all of the wars and conflicts before… or since… began with someone not understanding the perspectives and motives of another. Cross-cultural education and communication are very political — they change the course of human events by bringing people together, if only for moments of increased understanding. When we understand how people think, and feel, we are able to analyze problems more in-depth, and increase the likelihood we can predict, redirect or solve future conflicts.  

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