Reviews

"Who's Next? is a moving portrayal of the unrelenting assault on the lives and livelihoods of Muslims in post-9/11 America. The film provides educators with a powerful tool for helping students to challenge manufactured narratives of an Islamic threat and to contemplate constructive ways of building bridges across racial and religious difference."

Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College, Author, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West

"An important and compelling addition to the resources available that highlight the experiences of Muslims in the US in the post 9/11 era. In following a selection of families, it allows viewers into the lives of regular people who have been impacted by Islamophobia and its structural manifestations. With only half of Americans knowing a Muslim personally, Who's Next? provides a window into the lives of our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim as well as of those who have sought refuge here."

Meira Neggaz, Executive Director, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

"The best and most profound movie I've seen recently wasn't in a theater. I was invited to a screening of WHO'S NEXT? a documentary which follows a few NYC families, all of whom are Muslim. These are decent people, not unlike most New Yorkers, folks just trying to get by and live their lives. Since 9/11, they have been subjected to painful insults,  assumptions, and in some cases, fear of deportation. Trump has added immeasurably to their anxiety -- and film clips of his ugly comments bring to mind the scapegoating of Jews in Germany in the 1930's. 

The film is as unsettling as it is important. It is an extremely well-made documentary, uncluttered, never resorting to inflated dramatics. The drama is in the stories of the families. WHO'S NEXT? is the type of artistic expression essential to those who cherish the concept of democracy."

 

David Rothenberg,

Host of ANY SATURDAY, WBAI

"The best and most profound movie I've seen recently wasn't in a theater. I was invited to a screening of WHO'S NEXT? a documentary which follows a few NYC families, all of whom are Muslim. These are decent people, not unlike most New Yorkers, folks just trying to get by and live their lives. Since 9/11, they have been subjected to painful insults,  assumptions, and in some cases, fear of deportation. Trump has added immeasurably to their anxiety -- and film clips of his ugly comments bring to mind the scapegoating of Jews in Germany in the 1930's. 

The film is as unsettling as it is important. It is an extremely well-made documentary, uncluttered, never resorting to inflated dramatics. The drama is in the stories of the families. WHO'S NEXT? is the type of artistic expression essential to those who cherish the concept of democracy."

 

David Rothenberg,

Host of ANY SATURDAY, WBAI

"With poignant stories of Muslim American families whose struggle for a better life has been complicated by two decades of politically-motivated prejudice since 9/11, "Who's Next" explores the current challenges faced by Muslims in the United States--along with their resilient efforts to raise and educate their children and contribute to a better society."

 

The Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer,

Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York

"This important film should be part of every educational platform. It reminds us that we all have the capacity to raise up the other with dignity and respect"

Rabbi Laurie Phillips,

Congregation Beineinu, NY

"An inspiring documentary, showing the resilience of Muslims in America and a call

to action for all who care about preserving human rights and civil rights in our country."

Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor,

Office of Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Community Affairs Unit

"With deep compassion and sharp insight, Cooperstein Charney gives us a painful view of what it is like to be 

Muslim in America today."

Roberta Brandes Gratz,

award winning journalist and author

"This work brings alive the heroism and struggles of the Muslim community in today's world . It gives us all hope in telling the story of leaders stepping up for their families, communities and society as a whole as they face the challenges and realities of  hate and Islamophobia."

Rabbi Bob Kaplan,

Director of the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC, NY

"Nancy Cooperstein Charney, distinguished, well-known theatrical producer and television director, has produced and directed a feature-length film WHO’S NEXT which is most impressive and thought-provoking. Cooperstein Charney’s sharp and brilliant mind is the best lens to view a work, a veritable tour de force, focused on the Muslim plight, post September 11th, which is truly riveting in its detail on how this group of people has been unjustly vilified and persecuted. Nothing is held back, no sacred cows are spared, and the producer-director gets her point across while bringing to the screen a heightened sense of the blatant sense of prejudice pummeling the Muslim community today. The viewer will undoubtedly perceive things in a different light after viewing WHO’S NEXT, a coruscating documentary which is destined to win an Academy Award."

Mel Yoken, Ph.D.
Chancellor Professor Emeritus of French Language and Literature
French Legion of Honor
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

UNSOLICITED COMMENTS

 

"Who's Next shines a light on toxic racism, in this case particularly Islamaphobia, while reminding us that allowed to fester, the contagion of such prejudice can and almost certainly will spread. The film tells its story looking at the everyday life of a variety of fine and decent people, for Americans our fellow Americans, who are finding their American dream being withdrawn or threatened - and waiting for us to reassert the values of a democratic and inclusive nation of immigrants. I'm reminded by the title that bigotry arises out of fear but is often the tool of power hunger. When rights are denied to some, who's next can be those who least expect it."

"This film was incredible. This film gives a voice to a community that is spoken for in today's society. It's extremely thought-provoking and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Everyone should watch this film!"

"An excellent film that tells the story of what it means to be Muslim in America. A "must see" for every American who cares about the words of our Constitution and words on the base of the Statue of Liberty."

"There are documentaries out there by Jews about Jews being persecuted. I was a Jewish three year old in Brussels when German bombs started falling eighty years ago. WHO'S NEXT director Nancy Cooperstein grew up in Fall River, MAassachusetts. Her father was a Jewish doctor, a refugee. No surprise if Cooperstein had made her well-researched touching film about the persecution of Jews like her family and mine. But Cooperstein's WHO'S NEXT shows the contemporary persecution of US Muslims. That's majorly important. To compassionately see another group's persecution and suffering, is not only to reveal bigotry, but to begin to melt the prejudiced hating state of mind that produces it."

"Who's Next truly enlightens us as to the many varied lives of Muslim Americans. The toxic racism other reviews mentioned is only half of why this film is so important. By showing us these Muslim Americans in their day to day life and their personal experiences as Americans, we can look at our own pre-conceived notions and grow. As a Japanese-American, I understand being on that endless line of groups in America who have suffered injustice. And I find this film important for those who have suffered, do suffer, and may be, as the title implies, next."

"This is an extremely well done and informative movie. It’s frightening to see what is happening in our country and it could happen to any of us anytime. Please be sure to watch it. It is important to all of us, not just Muslims."

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