Ever had an opinion about Muslim women? I bet you did! Well here is another example of Muslim women that shaped history. Dallas is up to an outstanding opportunity to get enlightened, inspired, and entertained on April 26 at InterContinental Dallas at 5:00 pm. "Why the World Needs Muslim Heroes, a Presentation" is a fundraising dinner and film premiere featuring Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.
The film tells the story of a young Muslim woman who lived in Paris during World War II and joined the operations of Winston Churchill to give the Allies a chance to win over the Nazis. Noor Khan became the first female radio operator to infiltrate occupied Paris. As a result, she was awarded "the Croix de Guerre and the George Cross – one of only three women from the Special Operations Executive to receive the latter medal. But while Odette Hallowes and Violette Szabo have had Hollywood films made of their lives and blue plaques put up in their honour, Noor has been largely overlooked. The gentle Indian woman who sacrificed her life for Britain, has become a footnote in history. A memorial to her has long been overdue." (Taken from Here)
The fundraising dinner is to benefit the non-profit company that produced the film. Unity Productions Foundation was established by American Muslims Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe ten years ago to resist through the media the idea of the clash of civilization between Muslims and non-Muslims, and hence to fight islamophobia.
UPF has produced several valuable works like, Prince of Slaves, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, Allah Made Me Funny, and Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think among other titles.
The importance of UPF films lays in it foundational mission of building bridges of understanding between Islam and the world through producing well documented films that share historical narratives about Islam and Muslims. This is why their films are broadcast on PBS. UPF films are wonderful resources for teachers and educators who receive them free of charge. Hence, raising funds for this non-profit organization is extremely important: "94% of public school teachers who received one UPF film are likely to use additional PBS films about Islamic culture, history and peoples in their classrooms if provided for free." (Quote)
Tickets for the event on Saturday April 26 that includes dinner and film screening are $75 and can be purchased here. For those unable to attend, a donation on UPF's website will help the company promote more interfaith and peace efforts.