Ibn Haldun University

Freedom a film that could be the cure to Islamophobia

“FREEDOM”, a documentary film with authentic stories of 50 people who have converted to Islam from 25 countries and that has caused great repercussions in the world, met the audience at Ibn Haldun University. French co-director of the film Julien Drolon and CEO of Halis Media said that one of the main objectives of the film was intended to respond to growing anti-Islamism in the world, especially in Europe.

“FREEDOM,” in the context of its 2018 world tour met the audience at the Ibn Haldun University in Turkey after Malaysia and South Africa. Aiming to find an answer to the question “Is the world free today?”, the film tells the stories and testimonies of 50 people who have converted to Islam. The converts also tell why they choose Islam and their attitudes towards increasing Islamophobia. The film is enriched with images of mosques and religious artifacts in Malaysia.

After it has been screened in Malaysia, South Africa and Turkey Freedom is going to meet audiences in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines and Mexico among other countries as Halis Media, the production company who produced Freedom, informed us that the world screening tour of “Freedom” will take place in 10 countries over 5 continents InshaAllah.

French co- director Julien Drolon, who answered questions after the screening at Ibn Haldun University and introduced himself as a convert in his thirties, stated that he and his wife Zara Shafie had decided to make the film two years ago. “We were visiting France and we realized that Islamophobia had increased greatly and spread all over the world. Obviously, non-Muslims know almost nothing about Islam. ” he said.

“Only Allah will tell us whether we succeeded or not”

Drolon realized that people who belonged to different religions and converted to Islam, will have a profound effect while telling the message of Islam. “So we have found people who chose Islam from 25 different countries. The beautiful side of the film is that these people speak about why they chose Islam in their own languages and they convey the true message of Islam to people. Only Allah (C.C) will tell us whether we are successful or not in this. ”

Julien Drolon believes that Islamophobia is linked with racism and that converts are the best Ambassadors of Islam and could greatly contribute to clear misconceptions about Islam and battle Islamophobia. “I chose ‘FREEDOM’ because this is a value that the West constantly uses and cares about. So I wanted to disclose their false perceptions about Islam through a value that they appreciate. So I call it ‘FREEDOM’ pondering about what is the fate of our freedom in choosing Islam? ” He said.

Drolon continued:

“We can say that Islam gives real freedom. The freedom of Islam is a freedom to save people from oppression. Islam’s vision of freedom is a vision that will save humanity from oppression and make it accessible to Allah, so you can be completely free. We can tell the whole world that Islam is the only source of freedom.”