By Al Qalam Reporter
A Malaysian film production company which held its international premiere of its docu-film called “FREEDOM” in Johannesburg last week, screened the film again in Durban on Tuesday which revolves around the lives of 50 reverts to Islam.
The co-producer and co-director of the documentary, Julien Drolon, was in attendance and answered questions from the captivated audience.
Sumayya Jamal who represents AccidentalMuslims.com – and which hosted the Drolon at the screening at Al Ansaar Hall in Overport – told Al Qalam, the film was warmly received.
Halis Media, the company that produced the docu-film, said its motivation to make the film was to “introduce the pure message of Islam to the world” through innovative media platforms.
The production took two years and comprised of 50 interviews conducted in 15 languages across Malaysia.
Halis Media said in a statement that it selected South Africa for the World Screening Tour of FREEDOM to coincide with Freedom Day on April 27.
The documentary film is produced and directed by French convert, former international reporter, Julien Drolon and Malaysian TV Show producer, Zara Shafie who stated that “Islam teaches freedom, cherishes it, and guarantees it for Muslims and likewise, non-Muslims.
“The Islamic concept of freedom applies to all voluntary activities of man in all walks of life. This documentary-film will InshaaAllah, shed light on how Islam liberates mankind from all kinds of oppression,” the statement said.
In addition, Halis Media has partnered with South African nasheed singer, Zain Bhikha for the official soundtrack of FREEDOM as well as Sheikh Moutasem al-Hameedy from Jordan for his recitation of the Qur’an.
Combined with beautiful landscapes and Masjids from all over Malaysia, FREEDOM is a spiritual and emotional documentary film featuring converts from around the world, from every continent.
“These poignant interviews share a rare sincerity of people who had been outsiders looking into Islam. Each interview was conducted in the native language of the converts in order to preserve the soul of their messages and to allow the people of their respectives countries to connect more with them so they can truly become “Freedom Ambassadors”.
The World Screening Tour 2018 will take place in 10 countries over 5 continents. Some screenings will be open to the public whereas some screenings will be private where guests will be invited through exclusive invitations.