Film: The Rock Star and the Mullahs
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Sunday, March 30
9:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium
Sponsored By: ATLAS Program Planning Committee, Film Studies Program
The Rock Star and the Mullahs is a film about Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon. Following the ancient Sufi tradition, the band's music and lyrics reflect the moderate, liberal side of Islam. Salman has also become UNICEF's chosen spokesman for AIDS prevention, and he and the group have publicly advocated the cause of peace with India. But a coalition of fundamentalist Islamic parties has made recent gains in Pakistani elections, and Junoon's high profile places them in conflict with the hardliners. WIDE ANGLE follows Salman as he journeys to the tolerant, ancient city of Lahore and the fundamentalist stronghold of Peshawar to reveal the internal religious and political conflicts of the Islamic world. The mullahs want to ban the music but Junoon's fans, among them Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, have made Salman a rock idol. From this trip emerges a rich portrait of modern day Pakistan, a pivotal nation in the war against terror. [56 minutes]