David Washburn has collaborated with American Muslim storytellers for over a decade. His 2013 documentary, An American Mosque, tells the story of a hate-crime that destroyed a mosque in California and the interfaith healing that followed the arson. The film significantly impacted the public narrative around this largely unrecognized hate-crime (destroyed in 1994, it was the first American mosque razed by fire) and brought awareness to anti-Muslim bigotry before 9/11. The documentary was honored with awards by the Council on American Islamic Relations. It screened on public television nationwide for three years and was acquired by Al Jazeera for broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa.
Washburn is currently directing and producing the in-progress documentary Loyalty, which follows three Muslims in the United States military who are fighting for religious liberty and respect for Islam in a country divided by politics and faith.
Previous credits include director, editor and cinematographer for the the film series Veteran Documentary Corps for the DocFilm Institute, and War Comes Home for California Humanities. He produced and directed Broadcast Cowboy (2007), winner of the Best Short Documentary at Cinequest 2008.
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