2020, Documentary

Release Year: May 29, 2020
Country: United States
Director: Azalia Muchransyah
Writer: Azalia Muchransyah
Producer: Azalia Muchransyah, Adhi Anugroho
Editors: Azalia Muchransyah, Adhi Anugroho
Key Cast: Azalia Muchransyah, Zainab Allabasi, Pasha Shed, Al Khateeb, Shahneel Ahmed, Tehniyet Azam, Najmul Azam, Raana Azam, Umar Azam

Since the event of 9/11 in 2001, Islamophobia has spread all over the world, especially in the United States of America. Earlier last year, President Donald Trump also banned people from a number of Muslim countries from entering the USA, with an idea to eventually ban all Muslims from coming to the USA. As a Muslim student from Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, I am amazed to encounter so many misconceptions of Islam and the concept of Halal in the United States. This short film shows about the lives of the Muslim population in Buffalo, USA, by exploring a simple question many non-Muslims have asked me: What is Halal?


About the director

Azalia Muchransyah is pursuing a Ph.D. in Media Study at University at Buffalo (SUNY). She is a recipient of 2017 DIKTI-Funded Fulbright Ph.D. Scholarship. Her area of interest is advocacy media, specifically AIDS Media in Indonesia. Her short films have been officially selected and screened in international festivals and academic conferences. Read more.