The Lost Muslim – RTE 2 Tuesday 15th and 22nd of December 10pm
Recent Emmy and IFTA Award winner, Baz Ashmawy, usually known for his extreme adventures, embarks on a much more personal odyssey as he turns to Ireland and abroad in search of his Muslim heritage, looking at how the culture and faith can co-exist with his own very Irish identity.
In this 2-part series, he embarks on a personal journey of discovery, hoping to re-embrace his Egyptian heritage and to understand properly for the first time the culture and beliefs of the Muslim faith into which he was born, but which he hasn’t practised since childhood.
Of course, when he started the project, Baz could have had no idea, how that journey would be given a much greater urgency and poignancy by the recent atrocities in Sinai, Beirut and Paris. For some, those events have awakened hostility and fear of Islam, but for Baz, that extreme religion, whose followers seem to believe they have a sacred right to massacre innocent people, is not the Islam he remembers – an enlightened faith, rooted in peace. So, has Islam, itself, been hijacked? For Baz, there’s only really one way to find out.
Joanne McGrath directed this two part programme with Guy Montgomery editing. We did all of the picture and sound post production. Produced by Brown Bread Films, it’s a pleasure to be working with this exciting new production company.