Brooklyn Inshallah | Trailer
Father Khader El-Yateem, is campaigning to be New York City's first Arab American councilman. As a Lutheran Pastor and Palestinian American, El-Yateem's bid to make history reveals the aspirations and divisions of his multicultural district. With the support of local organizers and activists, including Aber Kawas and Linda Sarsour, can he bring his community together to win the race?
(singing in Arabic)
- [Khader] My name is Khader El-Yateem,
I am running for city council in the 43rd district.
We have an opportunity to make history,
to elect the first Arab-American to city council.
- We believe that same energy
that we caught from young Muslims
for a man like Bernie Sanders,
is the same energy we're going to bring
to Khader for this campaign.
This is the hardest-hit community
after 9/11 of deportations.
- We are one of
the most illegally surveilled communities in America.
We have been under siege since the Patriot Act was passed.
- [Khader] Tons of people who have citizenship,
but they are not registered.
- One of the battles is talking with people
about the process from start to finish.
- I was going to knock on your door,
I am running for city council.
I am a first-time candidate.
I hope I can earn your support on September 12.
- I would rather vote for Adolf Hitler.
- There is an elephant in the room
and it's called racism and discrimination
in this community right here.
- To Linda Sarsour, just move out of America
if you are not happy with President Trump.
- We don't want 'em here.
(exploding) (woman screaming)
- You will have an opportunity September 12
to send a message to Trump and to the world.
- That's Mr. President Trump to you.
That the people are not afraid
to send the first Arab-American
to city council to represent them.
- I don't think this is how it has to be every time,
but we're running a Paletsinian.
(car door closing)
- [Khader] Did you vote already or not yet?
- It's his first vote.
- First time?
- Khader El-Yateem, of course, he's the best.