Posted On: October 27, 2015
Posted In: Mark Gonzales
, Muslim America
, Sharia Revoiced
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” began as a social documentation and ethnography initiative by the University of California Humanities Research Institute
that interviewed over 100 Muslims across genders and other identities of what the word Sharia means to them. In doing so, the initiative intends to restore the human element into a word too often reduced to policy and political conversations.
The video release is a culmination of that initiative. It is a result of the UCHRI team commissioning Mark Gonzales and the Institute of Narrative Growth
to curate the interviews into digital content that could spark social conversation and serve as an outward facing representation of the research. Justin Mashouf directed the transformation the story arch into a compelling film short.
The final design invites digital audiences to explore the multiplicity within every sacred tradition, to use the storyline as a catalyst for social conversations, and to ensure that the stories benefit academic and public audiences alike. For as Mark Gonzales reminds us: “nearly all understanding of human identity is fueled by the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, as well as others. This is why a better world begins with a better story.”
Storyteller & Producer
Matthew WiborgProduction Assistants
The UC Humanities Research Initiative