If you see your students having trouble viewing people from different religious and cultural backgrounds as “American”, you might consider showing Fordson: Faith, Fasting and Football to your students. The documentary focuses on a high school football team in Dearborn, Michigan. Most of the players on the team are Muslim.
Ramadan (the Muslim holy month of fasting) hits right in time for football season, which means no food or water during daylight hours. To keep with the traditions of their faith players must practice in the middle of the night in order to be able to eat and drink during the physically demanding workouts.
Overall, the documentary does an excellent job of helping students to understand that Muslims are typical everyday Americans, but also face unfair discrimination from many people in American society.
- The preview for the documentary at the top of the page would be a great substitute for the full length documentary if you do not have the time to play the 90 minute film.
- Use this resource along with 30 Days: Islam in America for a more in depth look at the topic.
- Discuss stereotypes students may have of Muslims in America before watching.