"As a child, I had this intimate relationship with God. I always talked to God." Isa Abdullah Ali remembers being lonely as a boy, especially when his family moved to Southwest DC. Before then, he says, "I thought the world was kind and nice, and all of a sudden, we moved into these other neighborhoods, and started finding out that not everybody was of that mindset." His one friend, he says, was constant: "How can I go wrong with the one who has created all things in the universe?"
Charles-Olivier Michaud's "Snow and Ashes" won the Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film and Mark Claywell's "American Jihadist" won the Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.