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Meet a Muslim short film fights Islamophobia with message of unity

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There is no fear like the fear of the unknown, so filmmaker Tara Miele would like us all to get to know each other a little better.

In her new short film Meet a Muslim, Miele challenges anti-Islamic rhetoric by introducing a diverse group of Muslim Americans who share lives and values that would be familiar to just about anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Among those interviewed are a foodie, a pediatrician, a Kelly Clarkson fan, a poet, and a mother who declares, “We are all much more than just one label.”

Another participant says, “I think the best way to unite us is through education and through getting to know one another, because I think it’s a lot harder to hate a group of people or a community of people if you know somebody.”

Miele published the video earlier this month, before the deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that was carried out by a gunman who declared his support for the Islamic State. In the aftermath of the massacre, however, Miele’s short has resonated with an audience online, and it currently has more than 3.8 million views on Facebook.

Watch Meet a Muslim above.