City: São Paulo - Brasil
Lenght: 15:07 min
Genre: Short movie documentary
Direction: Marcelo Takeshi e Naum Simão
Argument, screenplay and content direction: Naum Simão (Rua 34)
Director of photography: Cesar Paladino
Executive Direction: Sergio Yugo Ukei
Production: Jonatha Herik Lopes
Finalization: Suzana Moreira
Supervision: Francis dos Santos
Camera: Cesar Paladino, Ernesto Matsubara, Jorge Willian
Sound: Carlos Massuia e Adriano Amorim
Realization: Canal Futura e BDT Filmes
"Muslim is one who surrenders. Surrender is from the heart."
Universidade de São Paulo
“Siraj” (light or candle/lamp in arab) is a documentary video made for Futura Chanel´s Sala de Notícias program, wich presents one of the aspects of the contemporary African diaspora for Brazil: the muslim religion.
Concentrated in Bilal Al Hagbashi Mosque, in Sao Paulo´s downtown, point of convergence of religious practice for many muslins from different African nations, the proposal is based on the unification of individuals of different ethnicities based on daily prayer as cultivation of religious faith, self-enlightenment and strengthening of community ties in Brazil.