The Rock Star and the Mullahs

THE ROCK STAR AND THE MULLAHS (2003, UK, 56 mins) from Partisan Films on Vimeo.

The Rock Star and the Mullahs is a 53 minute documentary produced in 2003 about the lead singer Salman Ahmad from the Pakistani Rock Band Junoon. Mr. Ahmad returned to his home in Pakistan to speak with conservative religious leaders who argue that music is forbidden in Islam. As you view the video, make special note of the different interpretations of the Qur’an that are represented as well as the issues surrounding what is deemed to be appropriate expressions of devotion.

Doing Time Doing Vipassana

Published on Oct 7, 2013
A film by Eilona Ariel & Ayelet Menahemi

This is the story of an ancient meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good.It is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace. But most of all it is the story of prison inmates who underwent profound change, and who realized that incarceration is not the end but possibly a fresh start toward an improved and more positive life.

– Winner of the Golden Spire Award at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival

– Winner of the 1998 NCCD Pass Awards of the American National Council on Crime and Delinquency