In Books: Saffron September by Aliyah Anjum
On the face of it, this book sounds a tad too familiar: Young Pakistani woman rejects traditional mores, heads to America and finds love on her own terms. Ho hum. But maybe the author can pull it off, depending on her writing prowess (which, after perusing a few free pages online, isn’t half bad). After all, we’ve seen similarly themed books like the beautifully woven autobiography, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson, and the quirky tome, Love in a headscarf by British-born Shelina Zahra Mohammed do extremely well. So it’s worth giving Ms. Anjum the benefit of the doubt, despite the implicit predictability of the story. And considering that it’s available as a download, giving it a whirl is cheap and easy.
In Movies: Top Priority: The Terror Within by Fleur De Lis Film Studios, directed and produced by Asif Akbar
Now here’s an unbelievable true story that sheds light on some pretty nefarious practices over at the Department of Homeland Security.
Julia Davis was an officer for Customs and Border Protection when she raised concerns about the way aliens from “terrorist countries” were allowed to enter the US. After providing a report to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force eight years ago, Ms. Davis’ life, and those of family and friends (including a Hollywood film star), were destroyed with numerous false charges and surveillance missions that must have cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and even resulted in a raid that allegedly led to the death of Ms. Davis’ father.
But, as the film chronicles, Ms. Davis and her husband would eventually be exonerated from all they were accused of, and instead courts found that the DHS was downright unlawful in some of its retaliatory practices against the woman. The movie has been hitting select theatres. Check your local listings.