Shamsi Ali: The Hip Imam

Since the 9/11 attacks, many in America and worldwide have come to see Islam as synonymous with terrorism. But Shamsi Ali, head imam at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, preaches the peaceful side of the religion. In the first episode of our new political program "Open Mic," Film@11 Correspondent Connor Kiesel sits down with Imam Ali to hear his views on terrorism, democracy and hip hop music.[vimeo][/vimeo]