The Global Television/PBS North American Debut "Faith Without Fear" Follows Controversial Canadian Irshad Manji As She Speaks Out Against Violence and Injustice Under The Banner of Islam

                    PBS Stations - Thursday, April 19 - 9pm ET/PT

             Global Television - Saturday, April 21 - 8pm ET/PT

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    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - From Gemini Award-winning director Ian McLeod
comes Faith Without Fear, a bold one-hour documentary special that follows
controversial Canadian author, journalist and outspoken Muslim, Irshad Manji
on a personal quest to reconcile her faith in Allah with her love of freedom.
    Faith Without Fear premieres on PBS Stations, Thursday, April 19th - 9pm
ET/PT and on Global Television, Saturday, April 21st - 8pm ET/PT.
    Once described by The New York Times as "Osama bin Laden's worst
nightmare," Manji, the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today,
traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America speaking out
against injustice and violence taking place under the banner of Islam.
    Inspired by Islam's holy book the Qur'an, Manji seeks answers from the
Muslim community on how this religion of justice and freedom has become an
ideology of fear, and challenges believers to standup for Islam's fundamental
principles as set out by Allah. She refers back to ijtihad, the ancient Muslim
tradition of independent thinking, and encourages Muslims of the 21st century
to embrace this practice.
    Written by Irshad Manji and Ian McLeod; Executive Producers are Gordon
Henderson and Silva Basmajian.
    Faith Without Fear is produced by 90th Parallel Film and Television
Productions Ltd. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada
(NFB), adding to the NFB's extensive collection of point-of-view
documentaries, renowned the world over for generating dialogue on vital social
issues. Also produced in association with the Corporation of Public
Broadcasting and Global Television, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Inc.
    Faith Without Fear is produced with the participation of the Canadian
Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable
industry, CTF: License Fee Program, with the assistance of the Canadian Film
or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Government of Ontario - the Ontario
Film and Television Tax Credit.

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For further information: Press Contacts: Global Television, Adrienne
Kakoullis, (416) 446-5565,; Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS), Jared Seeger, (212) 981 5276,;
National Film Board (NFB), Patricia Garcia, (416) 954-1384,

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