Dylan Hollingsworth. It’s a name you might know. (Art&Seek caught up with him last year when he was working on a movie about a man displaced from his home in a California water tower by Banksy’s graffiti art.) Now, Hollingsworth and his creative partner, Wheeler Sparks, are working on a documentary that has the potential to change how we think.
The New York Times is talking about it. Huffington Post. Public Radio International and NPR. The film is called Brotherhood. The plot: the creation of Alif Laam Meem (ALM), America’s first Muslim fraternity. For over six months, Hollingsworth and Sparks have been directing, producing, and living alongside the members of ALM, students at the University of Texas at Dallas, working to create what could quite possibly be the most sincere portrait of young American Muslims to date. In fact, what could be the only film that has documented of the lives of first-generation American Muslim youths.
Their story is what Hollingsworth and Sparks want to tell, because these men are just like any other men living in their 20s in America. They are coming of age. Staying up all night long studying, trying to graduate from college, figuring out a social life, learning how to live on their own, balancing their budgets, meeting girls, deciding on their futures. These are things that we all go through, but when you have the stigma of being “different” hanging over you, balancing that burden can leave you without a place to call “home.” Especially in college when image matters, reputation is hard to beat, and if you don’t have a circle of friends to call your own, it can be quite lonely. Even lonelier when you are “not-American.”