We recently had a conversation with over 30 prison chaplains across Indiana about screening our film, The Honest Struggle, at every prison in Indiana. A generous donor gifted an educational license to the film to the prison chaplains of the Indiana Department of Corrections in order to use the film as a learning tool for incarcerated men and women on reentry.
This act fulfills one of our main missions in telling the story of Sadiq in The Honest Struggle, helping those reentering society from prison traverse the difficult challenges ahead of them. We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve those who are in need of the message of the film and are finalizing a discussion guide for educators to expand the themes of the film into holistic learning and action.
New York based music & culture site Okayplayer included The Honest Struggle in its top 8 films from the 2018 Pan African Film Festival. Okayplayer calls the film “hopeful and poignant.”
Launched in 1999 by Questlove of The Roots, Okayplayer is an urban music site and premier digital destination for culture connoisseurs worldwide.
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the largest celebrations of Black culture and Black films. The Honest Struggle had 2 great screenings at Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Special thanks to everyone who came out and Pan African for hosting us at the festival. The Honest Struggle was nominated for Best Documentary and our team was honored to meet giants of Black America cinema, Louis Gossett Jr., Danny Glover, Glynn Turman, and Nate Parker.
We had the opportunity to be live on KPFK with radio host Nagwa Ibrahim to discuss the film with the film’s main subject, Sadiq Davis and myself this Sunday. (more…)
The Honest Struggle had it’s Michigan premiere last week, June 4th at Cinetopia Film Festival. The screening was hosted by the Arab American National Museum and also included a traditional breaking of the fast of Ramadan. The event was designed, in addition to featuring the film, to bringing various communities together to better understand their Muslim neighbors.
The screening was followed by a Q&A with Associate Producer Asad Ali Jafri and the film’s main focus, Sadiq Davis.
PRISON REENTRY FILM “THE HONEST STRUGGLE” TO SCREEN AT CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL
(02/15/2017): Cinequest Film and VR Festival will hold the Bay Area premiere of the documentary The Honest Struggle on March 4th at 5:30PM at Century 20 Redwood City. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/HonestCQ
After over 25 years of incarceration, a Muslim convert re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging.
The film, shot over 3 years, explores the harsh realities of prison reentry, the troubled state and violence of the Southside of Chicago, and the role of Islam on communities of black ex-offenders.
Four time Emmy winning filmmaker Justin Mashouf mentions that “The Honest Struggle is my attempt to understand the results of our broken criminal justice system and how community initiatives, love and faith have the power to make an incredible impact in the lives of ex-offenders. At a time when Muslims are becoming increasingly marginalized in America, I hope my film has the effect of providing a more accurate depiction of the role of Islam on the American story.”
The Honest Struggle will be shown 4 times during the Cinequest Film Festival. All screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with director Justin Mashouf.
Century 20 Redwood City Saturday, March 4th @ 5:30 PM
Century 20 Redwood City Monday, March 6th @ 7:00 PM
Century 20 Redwood City Wednesday, March 8th @ 1:00 PM
CineArts Santana Row Saturday, March 11th @ 10:30 AM
A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Picture The Possibilities (PTP), and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival By USA Today Readers.)