Monday, September 5, 2016

Watch the following video by artist, Anida Yoeu Ali.

Write 100 words or one page:
  • How and why does this film touch, move or inspire you?
  • How does it express, record, reveal or preserve?
  • How does it persuade or promote?
  • Relate your responses to the current "Islamophobia" issues being discussed (or ignored) by "Mainstream Media."

1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim from Anida Yoeu Ali on Vimeo.


  1. Pretty strong stuff. Powerful message. Music helps build to what she's saying. I'm sharing this to my friends and family.

  2. Very powerful. The spoken word element combined with the incredible videos (especially the dancer) makes this a very emotional piece. Definitely worth watching

  3. Very powerful message. I can really feel the passion in every word she says.

  4. Pretty strong. Music source makes strong the video's message. I got some idea from the video.

  5. This video is an example of what the TV News media doesn't want to show us... We need more human unity

  6. This is a very affluential video that needs to be shown more often. videos like these help us understand and point out the systematic racism, debauchery, and vice that still plagues our country today. No matter what our race, social status, gender, etc is, we are all equal because we are all human. Racism is not something humans are born with, it is something that is taught. We need to work together to end it. #equalityforall #endracism

  7. This film reveals the effects of the Islamophobia. It shows how Islamic people and non-Islamic people are being treated due to Islamophobia. It shows the hate and fear that people are acting out of, and how badly people have reacted. It also shows the ridiculousness of the 1700% Project and how negative and hurtful that program has been. The film uses a lot of percentages and numbers as its research and proof behind the statements. The film also uses visuals to show the anger and hurt behind the statements. I think that there is definitely still Islamophobia in the Mainstream Media today and that it is rarely addressed and that people don’t stop to question the media and how it effects others.

  8. This film really makes you feel uneasy because of the fast paced editing and the dialog. It's unapologetic and really gets its point across to draw attention to the injustices that Islamophobia can create. I think it does a good job of telling a story in a creative way in order to draw attention to something so negative and hopefully provoke change in someones feelings towards this subject.

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  10. With the rapid pace of the the speaker, the video causes a discomfort. Given that the headlines that are rapidly being thrown out are instances of ignorance, it’s fitting to cause that discomfort. Many of the headlines speak of people that were murdered by people who thought they “looked” Arab or Muslim. This shows that many people stereotype what they believe that Middle Eastern or Muslims look like.

    Another intriguing production value was towards the end. The pacing got much slower and the person covered in all white was doing motions done in Islamic prayers. I take this as showing a different side to what people believe of Muslims and to also ease the discomfort. It’s to give a side of Muslims that shows the peaceful side people choose to ignore.

    Overall, the pacing of the videos and the statistics allow it to be very a powerful piece.

  11. The film touches me in a cerebral yet visceral way. She used the spoken word to convey the literal message with added excerpts from news stories and created a narrative to advocate for awareness. The emotional aspect of them piece is transferred by her voice and delivery. Very rapid and fervent flow.

    I believe the film was done to create awareness. The experimental elements may not necessarily translate to everyone, but the spoken word piece does a fine job of that and creates a concise narrative.

    Ultimately, the piece expresses frustration and reveals one of the many layers of Islamophobia. Fear and paranoia, the irony of the ignorance. The gross misunderstanding of Islam and how it produces violence blindly. The film also takes a jab at bystanders. “Nobody helped” is chanted and repeated throughout several times. Overall the piece is visually stunning and poignant presentation.

  12. I think it is very interesting how the piece promotes awareness of an issue that is still unfortunately still prevalent: not only the hate crimes towards perceived or actual Muslim individuals, but the media disinterest in reporting these events.

    Events like these may be reported in blurbs or, as is the case with the excerpts taken in parts of the video, police reports, but pretending the issue doesn't exist ensures the issue continues to thrive.

    The editing style and rapid cuts as well as the slower pace towards the end coupled with the message of piece that others have touched upon were interesting choices. They resembled just how insane this crimes are, and the ridiculous number of which have happened -- as referred to in the beginning and in the title of the video itself, a 1700% increase in crimes like these. A rapid and disjointed editing style might have been the most impactful way of carrying across just how many of these crimes occurred in such a relatively short amount of time to human beings.

    -- Hawk Thottupuram (not sure why my google account isn't linking)

  13. The film spoke to me the most through the spoken poem that followed the beats of the music. It felt like the music helped to pound in the message off all these hateful crimes. It expresses these upsetting and terrible acts through poetry, which makes it feel less like reading headlines or police reports. The striking visuals are simple in design but the actions of the people in them tell a story all on their own of these attacks and the people's struggles.

    It creates an awareness of these crimes and of the blame and hate against people of color. The film makes it impossible to ignore these crimes and the great number of people they impact. Though films like these do exist, Islamophobic acts still occur often and are overlooked all the time. Because these crimes are not talked about by the mainstream media it allows people to think they do not exist which then allows Islamophobia to continue in the minds of the people around us.

  14. This short inspires me in a different or unique way rather than the overall message it conveys. While watching it in class it made me want to change the way the editor created it. I think in a linear straight forward way. I wanted to make sure the editor realized that in some creativity, it went over too much. It can confuse the viewer and change the mindset and message it's trying to convey.

    But this short also made me realize this: W/our current president, he's creating all of this hate making it evolve into a country-wide hate. This video truly expresses that hatred of others. It forces the viewer to have an emotion whether it's a hatred to who was committing the crimes, or a sorrow for those who are the victims.

    Also don't know why it wouldn't let me connect my google account.

    -Ryan Horacek (R.j)

  15. While this video is an amazing commentary on Islamophobia, I was struck more by the underlying theme than the message itself. Throughout the video, we repeatedly return to a dancer who is painted white in a confining white room. I took this as a metaphor for the agony of whiteness or rather being confined to the expectations of whiteness. Whiteness is typically associated with Christianity. Alternate religions such as Islam and Buddhism are associated with people of color. Therefore, I wonder is Islam feared because it is associated with people of color? If a white woman wears a headdress, would she be feared because she is practicing a different religion or because she is taking on colored characteristics?

    This video seems to defend the later. The dancer is the best example of this. When their skin fades to black, the dancer feels pain as though they fear the color of their skin as well. In that regard, this film promotes awareness of racial issues, but it did not persuade me to do anything to change the racial status quo. It brings to mind Trump’s idea to build a Muslim registry. He’s attacking their religion, but he could also be attacking the color of their skin. I once heard a man say “No one makes a list just to have it.” That statement certainly applies to the Muslim registry and modern day Islamopobia.

    -Erika Smith :)

  16. I enjoyed seeing the Angel/Dancer throughout the video. That character was a beautiful addition raising emotion for the audience. Otherwise, I was removed from the piece and distracted by all the things happening within it to truly "listen" at times. I wasn't a very big fan of the music choice i think because i don't feel that it connected the police headings with the dancer. Overall, I think it's a great video and certainly important to raise a discussion on Islamophobia. This video was created 7 years ago, how much longer is this going to be relevant? When is change going to come?

    -Serena Heck

  17. I found this short video very striking due to the range of different artistic mediums it uses throughout. It features a bold poem spoken with purpose, music, dance, and poignant visuals featuring the narrator and what appears to be her carried to her grave.

    The poem helps to create a beat to the piece, which could be seen to represent the beating hearts of those talked about and shown in the film affected by this sort of prejudice and Islamophobia. Alternatively, the beating rhythm of the words that coincides with the music of the piece, could act as a symbol of the steps towards change that are being taken to battle these social injustices.

    I really like the shots of the diverse range of ethnicities that stand in portrait underlying the whole poem. It anchors the message of the hate crimes are affecting normal happy people and makes that hate crime appear closer to home as it is not just a name but also a face to associate the audience to those affected. All the participants are looking directly into the camera which furthers this connection with the audience member.

    The expression in this film appears almost aggressive and a bit jarring because of the loud tone of voice used by the vocalist. I feel like the piece could have been slowed down a bit more to create more of an impact with the viewer.

    - Eleanor Alpar