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  • Summary: Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, an award-winning documentary, follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith andFordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, an award-winning documentary, follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith and the American Dream while struggling for acceptance in post 9/11 America. (AMC Independent) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 9, 2011
    75
    Coming on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, this snapshot of middle America is a worthwhile addition to the cultural conversation.
  2. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Sep 8, 2011
    70
    Fordson, however, does not condemn the United States. It rather proudly affirms the American dream, reclaiming it for Muslims who see no conflict between their patriotism and their faith.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 6, 2011
    60
    For most of its running time, Fordson wanders far from the gridiron to offer overall impressions of a close-knit community of Arab-Americans who, in the wake of 9/11, often have found themselves targeted and stereotyped as militant Islamists or worse.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 6, 2011
    60
    Thankfully, the kids' complicated impulses resist such packaging, whether they're catcalling head-scarved co-eds outside the local gas station or channeling racial resentments into extra hard hits.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 8, 2011
    50
    The biggest travesty isn't that the movie fails to stir "Rudy"-caliber emotions. It's that there was a meaningful story hiding behind the guise of a less serious genre.
  6. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Sep 6, 2011
    38
    In the documentary, the game is a make-believe war of pent-up frustrations linking race, nation, and manhood, one which teenage boys named Mohamed can actually win.