PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced an online digital video contest designed to help promote mutual understanding between Muslims and people of other faiths in America and worldwide.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it will offer two $5,000 prizes for videos up to one minute long that are the most effective in promoting interfaith understanding and communicating the contest theme of “Let the Conversation Begin.” (The videos are limited to one minute in length because they may be used as television public service announcements.)
“Our video contest theme is a reflection both of CAIR’s mission and of our belief that people of all faiths in America and around the world must begin talking to each other to help build trust and respect for differences,” said CAIR-PA Media Committee Chair Kareem Afzal. He added that the contest is also designed to identify and recognize talented video producers in the American Muslim community.
Afzal said one prize will be awarded to a member of America’s Islamic community whose video is deemed most effective at promoting mutual understanding between American Muslims and people of other faiths. The other prize will be awarded to a person of any faith, anywhere in the world, whose video is most effective at promoting mutual understanding between the Islamic World and America.
All CAIR video contest submissions will be evaluated for originality and creativity, production quality and effectiveness in promoting mutual understanding. Winners will also have their videos posted on www.YouTube.com and on www.cair.com.
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