The Muslims are coming! The Muslims are coming! Directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah and a lineup of fellow Muslim American comedians hit the road in this documentary that follows their stand-up tour throughout the American Southeast and West.
When they're not performing some actually pretty edgy material, they're setting up public stunts like "Ask a Muslim," "Name That Religion" and "Hug a Muslim." Their goal is to introduce "Muzzies" — real American Muzzies, not just the scary, hateful, jihadist versions you see on TV — and help tone down some of the Islamophobic rhetoric they encounter every day.
Along the way, "The Muslims Are Coming!" addresses a myriad of issues within the Islamic community, including gender, race and religion. The hint at disagreement among the performers about who can and cannot call themselves Muslim is particularly provocative — a debate that would have been better off played out on-screen rather than summarized after the fact.
The directors' credentials as cultural commentators are no joke: Farsad is a Cornell- and Columbia-educated onetime policy advisor for
"The Muslims Are Coming!"
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 21 minutes.
Playing: At Downtown Independent, Los Angeles