American Sharia, the highly anticipated Muslim comedy film, came to Leeds Carriageworks on Wednesday 18th February as part of an exclusive UK tour.
More than 350 people enjoyed an evening of fundraising and family entertainment, alongside some of the stars and cast.
Hosted by humanitarian charity Penny Appeal for the Smile Relief extravaganza month, the screening was a massive fundraising success, with enough donated to build one orphan home plus 50 orphan sponsorships registered on the night.
This means dozens of vulnerable orphans in India, Palestine, Bangladesh, Gaza, Sudan, Kashmir, Pakistan and The Gambia will be given a safe, loving home with a dedicated foster mother, plus nutritious meals each day, an education, clothing and healthcare.
Omar Regan, who wrote, directed and stars in the film, said: “It was so exciting to watch my film with the people of Leeds and share a lot of laughs with them.
“To be able to transform the lives of orphans around the world is just incredible and we’ve raised a lot of smiles whilst raising money.”
American Sharia tells the story, through action-comedy, of a Muslim detective who has his own prejudices against Islam following constant exposure to Islamophobia. His transformational journey results in ending rising Islamophobic tensions between the police and the community he serves.
Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO, added: “We’re delighted that most of our screenings have sold out as this gives us a great chance to enjoy a family night of entertainment and help as many vulnerable orphans as possible at the same time.”
Tickets have been selling fast and many venues, including some of the extras added due to demand, have sold out. The last few tickets can be bought online at: www.pennyappeal.org/appeal/american-sharia-tour or by calling 03000 11 11 11.