People can learn about the lives and beliefs of American Muslims during the weeklong showing of a Bellingham movie on the subject starting Friday, and through a special online readers’ forum by The Bellingham Herald.

The new hourlong documentary, “On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly,” was made by a local company, Hand Crank Films. It chronicles the effort of Bellingham resident Monem Salam to obtain his private pilot’s license, and explores his life and experiences along with those of his wife, Iman, and their three young children.

A Herald story about the movie generated a large number of online comments from readers, ranging from appreciation to a lack of understanding to outright hatred of Muslims.

In response, the Salams will answer Herald readers’ questions about Islam and about their experiences growing up as Muslims in the United States. . .

In a separate appearance, Iman Salam will be at Van Zandt Community Hall, at Highway 9 and Potter Road in Deming, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday for the first stop on her “Faith Walks the Land” journey.

She plans to travel across the country to learn what Americans think about Muslims and to discuss her life as an American Muslim woman. Hand Crank will film her trek for a documentary.


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