MPAC to Host “Mohammad, Muslims and Movies: Reflections on the Legacy of Moustapha Akkad ’s ‘ The Message ’”


Los Angeles, CA: The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau announced Oct 30 it will host “Mohammad, Muslims and Movies: Reflections on the Legacy of Moustapha Akkad ’s ‘ The Message ,’” a special screening and panel discussion of the iconic 1976 film that chronicles the life and times of Prophet Muhammad.

The event is being cosponsored by Trancas International Films, USC Office of Religious Life, USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Muslim Student Union.

“At a time when a low-budget amateur video defaming the Prophet garnered unwarranted international attention, it is time to revisit the legendary film that first depicted the powerful story of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and of Islam,” said Salam Al-Marayati , MPAC President. “‘The Message’ is an inspiring example of the impact of Muslims sharing their own stories through the arts.”

The panel discussion will feature Malek Akkad, CEO of Trancas International Films and the son of Moustapha Akkad; Ahmos Hassan, Chair of MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau and President of Chariot Asset Management, Inc.; and Varun Soni, Dean of the University of Southern California’s Office of Religious Life.

RSVP: Deana Nassar , MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, or 323-258-6722 

Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.


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