Muslims in America: A Documentary Film


MUSLIMS IN AMERICA, a collaboration with ATV, Pakistan journalists Tanveer Sardar and Nazia Tanveer Sardar Khan, the Foreign Press Center of the US Department of State and Producer, Sarah Katz will screen in Chicago at a yet to be determined date before the end of 2018. 

Please go here for a trailer and more information.

It is said that Muslims have been living in today’s America for centuries.

Documentary” Muslims in America” takes a glance at how Muslims from different walks of life living in America and looks back some of the contributions they have made over the centuries.

Muslim contributions; Coffee, cone ice-cream to engineering the tallest buildings like Sears towers, and Hancock center in Chicago , Muslims are now an integral part of America.

Prominent Muslims and non-Muslims speak freely on the aftermath of the events of 9/11 and Muslim ban slapped by current Trump Administration.

The documentary also explores on how these Muslims see their future living in America.

Foreign Press Center Media Co-Op: ATV, Islamabad Visits the Islamic Community Center of Lancaster, PA

In July I had the opportunity to field produce news stories for Pakistani journalists from ATV, the largest private broadcaster in the country. The tour was part of a Media Co-op partnership between the Foreign Press Center in Washington, the US Embassy in Pakistan, and ATV. We covered America under the early days of the Trump administration. During the first three days of the trip we heard perspectives in Washington from both conservative and progressive political groups like Our Revolution and the Tea Party Patriots. We interviewed religious leaders from the Minaret of Freedom Institute and the Washington Ethical Society about the social climate for immigrants and Muslims in the US. Later on, near Columbus, Ohio we spoke with Lancaster, Ohio’s Republican Mayor Dave Smith and toured the Village of Hebron with the Village Administrator Ralph Wise and the village Mayor Mike McFarland.


Below is a report from the Islamic Community Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The visit was facilitated thanks to the help of Iftekhar Hussain, a board member from the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Philadelphia. The Philadelphia area has one of the largest Muslim communities in the US.



Sacramento STEM Fair Featured in Khabar24, Kazakhstan “Future Energy” Story

Leading up to Expo 2017 starting next month in Astana, Khabar24 aired a segment on the Sacramento STEM Fair which occurred in March. Journalists interviewed students with projects on drought resistant soil, hydrogen based fuel, quantum levitation, and biofuels.
The State Department sponsored Media Co-Op is a partnership between Khabar24, the US Embassy in Astana, and the US Foreign Press Center. Sarah Katz served as the American Field Producer.

Khabar24, Kazahstan Reports on Build San Antonio Green and PSW Real Estate

As part of the Foreign Press Center supported Future EnergyMedia Co-Op, Khabar24, Kazakhstan aired its most recent story on Build San Antonio Green and PSW Real Estate this week. Build San Antonio Green provides expertise in green standards and helps existing and new buildings gain green certification through projects like the Green Building Program, Bring  Solar Home, and Solar Fest. PSW Real Estate is an innovative real estate developer devoted to sustainable standards and mindful living.

The State Department sponsored Media Co-Op results from a partnership between Khabar24, the US Embassy in Astana, and US Foreign Press Center. Sarah Katz serves as the American field producer.

Elliott Ranch Elementary School Featured in Khabar24 “Future Energy” Media Co-Op

In the second part of the Future Energy series leading up to Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Khabar24 covers American elementary school STEM programs at Elliott Ranch Elementary School outside of Sacramento, California. The State Department sponsored Media Co-Op results from a partnership between Khabar24, the US Embassy in Astana, and US Foreign Press Center. Sarah Katz serves as the American field producer.

Khabar24 “Future Energy” Media Co-Op Broadcasts Solar Energy Story

The Foreign Press Center “Future Energy” Media Co-Op which I produced last month in collaboration with journalist Rauhan Tugumbayeva and cameraman Alisher Dossov has broadcast on Khabar24! Rauhan interviews John Huffaker, the VP of Commercial Operations at OCI Solar Power at OCI’s Alamo1 solar farm and Dr. Brian Korgel, the Director of the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics at the University of Texas, Austin. This series will air in weekly segments in Kazakhstan leading up to Expo-2017.

Following US Anti-corruption Media Co-Op, MetroTV Indonesia Journalist Iqbal Himawan Participates in Panel

This fall I served as a Foreign Press Center Field Producer, traveling with Jakarta based journalists Iqbal Himawan and Adwin Kurniawan from MetroTV. We covered American anti-corruption policies that Indonesian local governments may consider while combatting corruption.

Today Iqbal discussed our reporting as part of a panel discussion in Jakarta.

Khabar24, Kazakhstan – “Future Energy” Reporting Trip For Expo 2017

I just completed field production for a terrific reporting tour with journalists from Khabar24 news in Kazahstan. We toured Sacramento, Davis, and Berkeley, California and Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Not only did we succeed in getting compelling interviews about the robust renewable energy industries in California and Texas but we received a warm welcome at every stop. Khabar24‘s energy coverage will lead up to the World Expo 2017 in Astana. The reporting trip is a partnership between the Foreign Press Center at the US State Department, the US Embassy in Astana, and Khabar24.
Some of the many stops we made along the way include: