American Muslim

Grant Type: Initiative

Duration: Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020

Organization Overview:

American Muslim is a three-year project exploring how Muslims of every generation have participated in the American experiment—as Africans who were enslaved, homesteaders, soldiers, community builders, business leaders, sportspeople, political activists, artists and more. Through their stories, the documentary series will highlight the role of Muslims in U.S. history and expand our notion of what it means to be an American today.


A collective of independent producers is embarking on the creation of the first in-depth television documentary series telling the story of Muslims in the United States. This three-part series has garnered PBS support and spans history from Muslims who arrived as settlers and enslaved people as early as the 16th century through the generations of migration and conversion that have made the American Muslim population the most diverse on earth today. The project leads include Dina Hossain, a filmmaker with more than 20 years’ experience making documentaries for television broadcasters and independent markets in the U.S. and internationally, and Graham Judd, a veteran documentary producer with over 25 years’ experience making films for a range of broadcasters including BBC, PBS, ABC, Discovery and History. Together, they are building a creative team and have curated a roster of esteemed historians and professors and leading universities and institutions.

Year founded: 2019

Location: New York, NY