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Short film, Nobody’s Metaphor follows four teenage Muslim girls as they learn to fence and express themselves, challenging discrimination in the process. It is a powerful documentary with much contemporary relevance, especially for our young women.
Nooreh is an award-winning film set in a village on the India-Pakistan border. Told from the perspective of an eight-year-old Muslim girl, it is a subtle and powerful story about the effects of conflict on children.
On A Wing and A Prayer is a heart-warming documentary that follows Monem Salam's attempts to get a US pilot's license. A film about a resilient family as American and suburban as The Simpsons, but Muslim!
A small community of Muslim Tzotzils, an ethnic group descended from the Maya, live in the mountains of San Cristobal in Chiapas State, Mexico. New documentary Somos Musulmanes, tells their story and explores a fundamental period in late 20th century Mexican history.
From Islamic art history and traditional Muslim craft, to contemporary art and photography from Muslim artists, here are five films that present just some of variety in our visual arts of the Muslim world film collection.
Two documentaries about the little known story of the Muslim Camel drivers in Australia. By Compass and Quran is rich in social, historical and political detail while G’Day Cameleers is a great way to introduce this story to children.
This special feature looks at Muslim female filmmakers who are redefining Muslim representation, raising challenging issues and overcoming barriers in the Film and Television industry. We talk to Lena Khan.
Documentary, Made in Palestine, is about Palestinian kuffiyeh factory, Hirbawi Textiles in Hebron, the West Bank. Beautiful and moving, the film is a gentle mirror of Palestine’s struggle for statehood. We talk to filmmaker Mariam Dwedar.
Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is a meditative spiritual journey that feeds the soul. A triumphant illustration of the beauty of Islamic culture and Sufism.
Filmmaker Amar Chebib travelled to Damascus and Aleppo in 2010 intending to make a documentary about Syrian sacred music, but six months later the revolution began. Touched by the harrowing experiences of his friends the film was transformed to tell the stories of those musicians as they became refugees.
Omar: The Second Caliph is a unique and much celebrated drama series that tells the story of Islam through the perspective of Omar ibn al-Khattab, the second Rashidun Caliph. Historically accurate and beautifully made, countless Hadith are brought to life as we travel with Omar on one of Islam’s most important spiritual journeys.
Islamic exorcism versus western medication? Djinn possession or mental health issues? Senstive documentary, Descending with Angels, explores Islamic and western approaches to treating Danish Muslims who believe they are possessed by djinn, while the fictional Makr looks at the consequences of spiritual fraud.
Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland decided he was going to attempt some cross cultural understanding by reaching out to people who fear him because he is Muslim. He did this by offering Americans an entirely free trip to Egypt and making a film about it.
Pakistan’s ‘Angel of Mercy’, Abdul Sattar Edhi, devoted his life to protecting Pakistan’s poor. The Khayaal Theatre Company’s tribute, Edhi Means Love, is a heartfelt film that conveys the life of this humanitarian hero. Our review includes an interview with the film’s producer Luqman Ali.
If you are looking for good stories for Muslim children, especially the younger ones, take a look at Tales from the Magic Carpet. Told in traditional style, these 17 short films tell captivating stories with morals and meaning from the Muslim world and beyond.
Despite forming 10% of the British Muslim population, Black Muslims feel displaced in both Islamic and black history narratives. For the UK’s Black History Month we look at Black and Muslim in Britain, a highly entertaining documentary that gives agency to Black British Muslims, whilst challenging Islamophobic and racist stereotypes.
There are more than 2 billion Muslims on Earth with between 45 and 50 countries having designated Muslim majority status. However, there are Muslim minorities in almost every country around the world and these five documentaries look at some of their stories.
De Staat van der Nederlandse Moslim 2020 (The State of the Dutch Muslim 2020) is a documentary featuring interviews and commentary from eighteen different people. This poetically moving and deeply insightful film examines what it means to be Dutch and Muslim at the present time.
The Hands of Time is a thought provoking and spiritual documentary as two Muslim clockmakers reflect on the intimate relationship they develop with the clocks they touch and the inner dimensions of the nature of time.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Jameel Gallery hold one of the largest collections of Islamic art in the world. The collection embodies Muslim creative and Islamic art history while the annual Jameel Prize celebrates contemporary Islamic art.
Mosques: Divine in form, sacred in function, they are among the most beautiful and most enduring achievements of Islamic civilisation. Watch these beautiful films about Islamic Mosques across the world.
The creation of Pakistan on August 14th 1947, is a milestone in modern Muslim history. To celebrate 75 years of national independence, Alchemiya presents Iqbal: Message from the East, a historical journey through the life and legacy of Muhammad Iqbal, the poet and visionary behind the founding of Pakistan.
The Tokyo Olympics is packed with Muslim sports superstars from all across the globe. Here are some favourites plus a round up of Muslim sports trailblazers and champions in film and documentary on Alchemiya.
Dalilah Muhammad is a track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles. She got gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and is going for gold in Tokyo. Story of Determination is a short documentary on Alchemiya in which she talks about her life, her career and being Muslim.
There are a lot of documentaries on Alchemiya that look at what it means to be American and Muslim. Some are quirky and light-hearted, some face serious issues head- on and others just celebrate the joy and inspiration of being part of a community.
Cinema has a role to play in centering and celebrating the black Muslim experience. There are not enough films that explore the black American Muslim narrative, Zahra and the Oilman is a rare gem.
In the late 1960’s a steady stream of British hippies encounter Islam on the trail to Morocco. This is the story of the ones that return to England and call people to Islam.
Alchemiya presents a new documentary telling the little known story of China’s largest Muslim minority group, the Hui. Starting with Islam’s introduction to China in the 7th century, Muslims in China: On the Footsteps of the Hui People is a historical and cross-cultural epic of faith, community and survival.
Alchemiya is committed to celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the Muslim world. Educating ourselves and others about the traditions and heritage of the Palestinian people is one of the best ways to honour and support them.
hort film Fruit Chaat is written by Tanzila Khan. She also plays the main role of Shabana, who navigates her life in Pakistan with a disability. Funny and irreverent, her talent and creativity shines through. Like the real Fruit Chaat, you will want a second helping.
Ramadan is a time for both fasting and feasting. We celebrate the flavours of the Muslim world and how they found their way to the USA.
It doesn't matter where you're from, what language you speak, or what denomination/sect you subscribe to, if you're a Muslim you've probably heard a spooky story about djinns, genies and ghostly going ons! Ibraheem Ali reviews Makr, an intriguing story that kept him awake all night.
“Losing a loved one, specially one's parents isn't an anguish you get over with. Somehow a part of your memory, lingers in the moments spent relishing with them. You submerge yourself in a false euphoria, the lament doesn't go and you become used to it. We miss all the great things that will never be.”
The Pakistani film and television industry is producing great titles, thanks to a new generation of independent producers and talent. It’s not all never-ending thunderstorms and evil mothers-in-law.
Inspired by a day in the life of Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout, Ismail tells the compelling story of a young man struggling to support his parents after their expulsion to a Refugee camp in 1948.  Valerie Grove speaks to director Nora Alsharif, whose father, Hatem Alsharif wrote the story. 
From the tradition of Quranic script to poetic verse, Islamic calligraphy is a sacred art form integral to Muslim culture and civilisation. Alchemiya has curated a collection of films that explore its history and variety.
At Alchemiya we sift through endless hours of movies and TV shows before we finalise what we show you. We search across the globe to bring you content that meets a clear criteria - A celebration of Muslim values, culture, heritage and ideas.
Comedian Preacher Moss grew up with jazz, a musical form to which American Muslims have been definitive contributors, and it is John Coltrane’s 1965 devotional masterwork, A Love Supreme that inspired the title of this film. Recorded live in California in 2018, this unique and multi-layered performance is a lot more than a stand-up comedy routine.
The 10 reasons why I started Alchemiya Ten years ago, I had a realisation that many people in the global Muslim community were looking for great TV about Islam and Muslims. There was frustration at how badly Islam was represented in the mainstream media and the overall lack of content that validated their identity as Muslims.
The important story of the thousands of camel drivers from Afghanistan and Pakistan, who with their camels came to build supply lines across the harsh Australian outback. They also built the first mosque in Australia and played a crucial role in developing the infrastructure of the continent. 
Why do so many movies feature the ‘Bad Dad’ trope? From the epic battles of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker to the complexity of Michael Corleone, not wanting to be like his father Don Vito. When it comes to Muslims the narrative shifts to tradition and honour. 
The first ever movie made in the Wolof Language, Mandabi, by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene is considered a seminal work in the dream of creating a cinema about and for Africans.
Representing normative Muslim culture in the media is the responsibility of the community, not the mainstream media. We have to focus on creativity not protest to create the change.  
From skateboarding in a battered, but hopeful Kabul in 2011, to the rural quiet of Aq Kapruk village in the early 1970s, these documentaries on Alchemiya show two very different times and places in the story and history of Afghanistan.

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