DVD Release – A Message from the East – February 22nd, 2011

A Message from the East will officially be available on DVD as of Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 via http://www.messagefromtheeast.com/

Thank You to everyone for your patience and continued support throughout the long process of the making of this film!

Please help us spread the word! Invite your friends to this Facebook event! Together we can tell the world who Allama Muhammad Iqbal was, and why the understanding of his philosophy and poetry is now more important than ever before!

Special Thanks to DISNA
Dr. Iqbal Society of North America

A Powerful New Documentary Film on the life and teachings of Allama Muhammad Iqbal: Islam’s most important spokesman of the 20th Century.

Official Selection Beirut International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection Muslim Fest 2010
Official Selection Salaam Film Festival 2010
Official Selection Fargo Film Festival 2010
Official Selection Mammoth Film Festival 2009

—- Synopsis —-

A Message from the East is an inspirational film about the life and work of Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan. A crew of 10 Chicago Filmmakers traveled from Germany, Dubai, Pakistan, Turkey, Spain, Canada, and parts of the United States to retrace the steps and thoughts of the most inspiring Muslim Poet of the 20th Century.

This film seeks to answer the misunderstood question: “Where are the moderate Muslims?” and it decisively shows us they are here, their voices are strong, and they have been with us for quite some time.

Muhammad Iqbal was a man who understood the nature of contradiction and the necessity of balancing the converging forces in our lives. An inspiration to the people of the subcontinent and an advocate of cultural understanding and peace, Iqbal was instrumental in the stages leading up to the Partition of India and the Creation of Pakistan. A poet, philosopher, lawyer, and a political activist, Iqbal spoke of the power we have as individuals to strengthen ourselves and our communities through respect for the cultural other and by being engaged with the present moment. Through the inspiration of the 13th Century Mystical Poet Rumi from Turkey, Iqbal believed the problems of his own time would not be solved unless we had a greater understanding of ourselves. It is our responsibility to be actively involved in our own communities and co-creators of the world we wish to see.

In order for us to understand the current situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the rising paranoia of Radical Extremism we need to look at this critical point of history to understand those who where concerned with these same issues 100 years ago.

In a post-9/11 world that is rampant with paranoia and cultural misconceptions it is now more important than ever to embrace those elements which unite us as people rather than to focus on the differences which divide us. The greatest problems of the 21st Century have little to do with radical extremism and everything to do with our perceptions of ourselves and each other. The message of Iqbal is a strikingly contemporary one which encourages us to overcome our suspicions and doubts. Ahead of his time, he understood Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as a vehicle to bridge the differences between Religion and Science. Iqbal will go down in history as a Revolutionary Thinker who spoke for the freedom and dignity of all people.

The basis of Iqbal’s message is clearly represented in his 1938 New Years Address shortly before his death:

“Only one unity is dependable and that unity is the brotherhood of man, which is above race, nationality, color or language. So long as this so-called democracy, this accursed Nationalism, and this degraded imperialism are not shattered, so long as men do not demonstrate by their actions that they believe that the whole world is the family of God, so long as distinctions of race, color and geographical nationalities are not wiped out completely, they will never be able to lead a happy and contented life and the beautiful ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity will never materialize.” – Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Muslim Fest 2010 screening “A Message from the East” this Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Message from the East SCREENING AT MuslimFest 2010 this Saturday, July 31st 2010 click below to see the full schedule of days activities! A Message from the East starts at 2PM Sharp!

Address: The Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive Mississauga,
2PM Sharp!

For more information click here: http://www.muslimfest.com/web/AdultPG.aspx

Inner-City Muslim Action Network presents the Salaam Film Festival on June 13-15th, 2010


Assembly Hall at International House, University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St Chicago IL 60637

June 13-15th, 2010 | Chicago

Inner-City Muslim Action Network presents the Salaam Film Festival on June 13-15th, 2010 in Chicago. This festival provides the unique opportunity to explore the intricacies and complexities of Muslim communities while promoting a culture of appreciation through feature-length films, documentaries, and short programs. The festival celebrates the rich talents of Muslims across genres.

This event is part of the week long Streets 2010: Urban International Festival that ends on June 19th with Takin’ It to the Streets in Marquette Park, Chicago. Streets 2010 is anticipated to attract over 20,000 attendees.

One Chicago, One Nation Film Contest

IMAN will screen shorts from the One Chicago, One Nation Online Film Contest winners. The films are based in or about Chicago and demonstrate people of different backgrounds working together for the common good.


Another Short for your viewing pleasure. This time, featuring Masada.

Bethlehem’s Wall – A Short by Jeremiah Hammerling of Endless Eye Productions

Bethlehem’s Wall – A Short by Jeremiah Hammerling of Endless Eye Productions


An Edit we put together while cutting our feature Doc “A Message from the East” (www.messagefromtheeast.com). – This project took Endless Eye (www.endlesseye.org) to Germany, Dubai, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, & Pakistan to discover how a poet changed the destiny of a nation. Muhammad Iqal is the man and we are so proud of the experience and the Doc!!!

Love Has Spoken by Soul Singer Khari Lemuel

Video Directed and Produced by Sean Fahey of Endless Eye Productions

VIEW MUSIC VIDEO ON LINKTV: http://www.linktv.org/onechicago/films/view/677

Over 12.1 million people in the US, from diverse backgrounds, suffer from alcoholism. One important step in the healing process is forgiveness. In the music video Love Has Spoken, performed by Chicago Soul Singer Khari Lemuel, a group of diverse people at an AA meeting work to overcome their issues and learn to grow in love. We hope Khari’s powerful words help people heal what ever may be “holding them back” from their true potential as vibrant human beings.