Hollywood Iftar Encourages Creators to Reject “Stereotypical Stories” About Islam

ebf_iftar_london_2019-publicity-h_2019_The third annual event was hosted by the Muslims on Screen & Television Resource Center, Unity Productions Foundation and the Writers Guild Foundation.

On Wednesday night the Writers Guild Foundation and Muslims on Screen & Television Resource Center (MOST) welcomed influential film and television creators to the third annual Hollywood Iftar.

The London Hotel in West Hollywood played host to the event, a collaboration between the Writers Guild Foundation, MOST and Unity Productions Foundation.

An iftar is a sacred sunset meal Muslims use to break the daily fast of Ramadan.

Wednesday’s iftar was open to both Muslim and non-Muslim members of Hollywood in the hopes of fostering a better understanding of Islam by those who create film and television. Writers and producers like Greg Daniels (The Office), Joy Gregory (Madam Secretary) and Chip Johannessen (Homeland) mixed and mingled with members of the Islamic community to learn about the nuances of Islamic culture and traditional Muslim practices.

Daniels, showrunner of The Office and Parks and Recreation, says he first experienced the Hollywood Iftar a couple of years ago, after attending a master class with Arab TV writers in Abu Dhabi.

He says he strongly believes in the need for television writers to familiarize themselves with different cultures. “I think it’s important for all writers to learn about as much as they can just to have their writing reflect the world accurately,” Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter before alluding to the current political climate. “I also think it’s important to show solidarity with minority communities, especially now.”

FULL ARTICLE FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

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