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Limited Release of Transform Films Acclaimed Documentary “Stranger/Sister” and Town Hall meeting with Jenny Peace

March 2, 2021

Filmed over three years, beginning with the 2017 Muslim Ban, this 39-minute acclaimed documentary “profiles the story of two ordinary women, one Muslim and one Jewish, who join forces to stop the surge in religiously motivated hate crimes that have spiked alarmingly in the United States. The film follows Sheryl Olitzky and Atiya Aftab, as they overcome a history of distrust between their two religions, and build a movement that turns strangers into sisters, challenging our assumptions about how to fight hate. The film chronicles the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, as they grow from a few hundred members to over 8,000 members strong, building a powerful network of hope in a time of division, chaos, and hate.”

Join Emmy-winning filmmakers Kirsten Kelly and Katie Taber and First Church’s own Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace, Senior Advisor at Harvard’s Pluralism Project, who will be panelists at a Stranger/Sister Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 10, from 7:00 to 8:15pm. Reserve your seat here.

The live Town Hall will explore the questions such as:

  • How can we move beyond distrust and divisions towards understanding and solidarity?
  • How do we really work to eliminate hate in our communities?

Learn from experts on how to get involved with the campaign and the calls to action to stop hate. Tickets to watch the documentary are available here; the trailer can be viewed here.