Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Documentary Featuring Hakeem Wins Student Emmy Award

Farheen Hakeem, candidate for State Representative District 61b, is no
stranger to electoral politics or standing in the media spotlight. During
Hakeem's run for County Commissioner in 2006, two University of Florida
graduate students followed her as the subject of their Master's Thesis
film at the Documentary Institute.

What resulted was the film Bismillah: In the Name of Allah, directed by
Jolene Pinder and Sarah Zaman. The film is a finalist for an Academy of
Television Arts and Science College Television Award
(Student Emmy). The
film is one of three winners, and its placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) will be
announced at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on March 15th.

Bismallah: In the Name of Allah, is a film that follows the beginnings of
Farheen Hakeem's decision to put herself under public scrutiny by taking
part in the consummate American patriotic act - running for office.
Director Jolene Pinder comments, "We're so happy that the film is getting
out into the world and that Farheen's story is being heard!"

Hakeem states, "I am ecstatic for the film makers. They have worked so
hard and they deserve this recognition." Hakeem is currently running for
State Representative District 61b. This seat is currently being held by
Representative Neva Walker, who is not seeking re-election. Farheen
Hakeem will be attending the award ceremony on Saturday March 15th.

For more information about the film, please refer to the University of
Florida's Documentary Institute at

For more information about the Student Emmy awards, please refer to

For more information about Farheen Hakeem, please refer to

For more information contact Ayesha at 612-636-1557 or at

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