“Bilal’s Stand” at The Michigan Theatre

“Bilal’s Stand” at The Michigan Theatre

A Locally Produced Sundance Film

Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 6 p.m.

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Bilal’s Stand, a feature film written and directed by local filmmaker Sultan Sharrief and selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category, will be screening at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, January 31st, at 6 p.m.

The film tells the story of Bilal, a Detroit high school student and his struggle to pursue his dream of higher education.

Shot in and around Detroit on a shoestring budget, Bilal’s Stand embodies the spirit of turning less into more. With the support of hundreds of community volunteers, local businesses, and talented young students, the film was made in the spirit of, “The Little Engine That Could.”  Five years in the making, the film’s selection to NEXT is the culmination of an amazing journey.

The NEXT category, new this year at Sundance, “is designed to cordon off space for low and no-budget filmmaking and is a showcase for eight ‘younger, fresher’ American filmmakers that live and breathe true indie spirit,” stated John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival, as quoted in the Hollywood reporter.

Bilal’s Stand is screening at the Michigan Theater, one of only 10 theaters around the country picked to show Sundance films this season. This is a one-time public screening for the Michigan audience and a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the Sundance Film Festival experience through a locally-made film.

Bilal’s Stand takes a direct look at the perceptions and realities of race, class, Islam, and life in and around Detroit. Through the story of Bilal, Sharrief lifts the veil of misconception and asks us to question our understanding of the grand and everyday struggles experienced by a Black, Muslim, working-class teen coming of age in Michigan’s largest city.

The tickets are $15 and are available at the ticket office of the Michigan Theater and at www.ticketweb.com

To learn more about the film or to support the EFEX Project go to: www.bilalsstand.com.