Inside the Mosque at Ground Zero (1×60) – Bafta award-winning director Dan Reed explores why the proposed building of a mosque at Ground Zero (Park 51) continues to be one of the explosive issues in American politics today with repercussions felt around the world. A proposed mosque within an Islamic community centre in lower Manhattan has thrown into sharp focus the tensions at the core of American democracy.
With unique access to major players in the project and the unfolding events, Inside The Mosque at Ground Zero recounts the press frenzy surrounding the plans, the vitriolic attacks on its high profile spiritual leader, Imam Feisal, and reveals the hidden driving force behind the mosque. The film also follows property developer Sharif El-Gamal as he garners support for his controversial building, and explores the issues surrounding its development and the high profile massed opposition to it. The film looks at the fury of the critics who continue to block plans to build what they believe is a jihadist plot linked to this ‘house of evil’, particularly the family members of those who died at 9/11.
Travelling beyond the confines of Manhattan, the programme explores how the Ground Zero mosque controversy plays out in America, especially within the larger Muslim community where some are opposed to the proposed building.
Ten years on from the events that shaped a nation, this is the story of a country struggling to understand its own psyche.
Channel: Channel 4
TX: September 2011
Source: Channel 4