MMFF23 OPENING NIGHT | OCTOBER 19 | FREE EVENT
Presented by the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition and Greater Milwaukee Mary Nohl Fund
In the all-new PBS Wisconsin special, Wisconsin Life: The Wisconsin Muslim Project, audiences are invited to join host Angela Fitzgerald as she shares the stories of Muslims across the state. In the program, Fitzgerald visits the Fox Valley Islamic Society in Neenah. She then shares stories of a mosque director helping curb hunger in Milwaukee, Barron’s first Somali-born city council member, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor getting young people engaged in civics and the founders of a Muslim art collective in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Life: The Wisconsin Muslim Project is part of the larger Wisconsin Muslim Project, a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin and two other Wisconsin-based partners, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and We Are Many - United Against Hate. The project aims to stimulate connections between Wisconsin’s Muslim and non-Muslim populations, and encourage us to obtain greater knowledge about, empathy for, and appreciation of one another.
October 19th’s opening night screening is free and open to the public and will showcase its immersive photo gallery with works displayed by award-winning Milwaukee photographer Lila Aryan. The gallery will offer an intimate look inside the contemporary lives of 15 Muslim Wisconsinites and families.
Performing Opening Night is the musical duo SALAAM
Salaam has delighted audiences for years with its expansive mix of traditional and original Middle Eastern music. Exquisitely rendered melodies are woven with stories and musings, taking the listener on a musical journey. Their sound, while deeply rooted in maqam and entrancing Middle Eastern rhythms, is infused with the band’s fresh and authentic interpretations of Arabic, Turkish and other regional music. Salaam’s music stirs
the audience to get up and dance, or sit quietly and reflect; it instills curiosity to learn more about the world, as well as a feeling of connection to the international community.
Funding for Wisconsin Life comes from The Wisconsin Muslim Project is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation through the Building Bridges Program, Lowell and Mary Peterson, Alliant Energy, the A.C.V. and Mary Elston Family, the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.