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Art and Islamophobia: Chemical Media documentary to be aired on ABC

A documentary exploring how art can temper the vilification of Muslims has been produced by Melbourne-based Chemical Media and will air on ABC next month.

The announcement:

Chemical Media’s provocative new documentary You See Monsters explores how Australian-Muslim artists are fighting Islamophobia with creativity and irreverence.

You See Monsters, produced and directed by Chemical Media’s Tony Jackson, will screen on Tuesday 28th November at 9.30pm on ABC and ABC iview.

The Melbourne-based production company’s latest film is one of five new Australian arts documentaries to feature in the ABC’s 2017 Artsville strand.

Tony Jackson said, “ABC Arts love a creative partnership between producer and broadcaster, and they really backed us on this thought-provoking film right from the start.”

You See Monsters follows the extraordinary creative endeavours of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists working on the fault line where identity, Islam and racism intersect.

“You See Monsters is a film about the power of art to challenge assumptions and change the way that we view the world,” said Jackson. “Australia’s Muslim population has been demonised for so long that it’s inspiring to see artists from this community asserting their own agency in the face of anti-Islamic bigotry and challenging Australia to take a long hard look at itself”.

You See Monsters features rising art star Abdul Abdullah, performance artist Cigdem Aydemir, graphic novelist Safdar Ahmed, comedian Aamer Rahman, sculpture and installation artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, and slam poets Sara Mansour and Zohab Zee Khan.

You See Monsters was developed and produced with the assistance of Film Victoria, with principal funding from Screen Australia. It will be distributed internationally by TVF International.

Source: Chemical Media press release

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