Losing Our Sons is very personal. It is specific and avoids overgeneralizations, so it's a great DVD to share with those friends of yours who are still not quite sure if Islam is a religion of peace. Because it's so personal and specific — only talking about facts and events — there's really nothing in this film to argue with.
The film is about the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, and it interviews the fathers of two boys. One of the boys is Carlos Bledsoe, a Tennessee native who changed his name to Abdu Mujahid Muhammad when he became a Muslim. The other boy is William "Andy" Long, who was shot at an army recruiting office by Abdu.
It was jihad.
This film goes into the recent history of the growing Muslim community of Nashville, and shows some film footage of orthodox Muslim leaders who often spoke on the Tennessee State University campus, where Abdu went to college. The Muslim speakers share basic Islamic doctrine, but most people in the West will be surprised at the "radical" nature of the teachings, and the utterly matter-of-fact way these speakers present them.
The documentary is very well done (high production value, very professionally filmed). You'll be proud to share this with your friends and family. And it introduces important Islamic ideas very gently.
This is from the official description of the film:
Melvin Bledsoe, a small business owner in Memphis, watched with pride as his son Carlos went to Tennessee State University in Nashville to better his life through education. Daris Long, an ex-Marine, felt honored that his son, Andy, chose to follow in his footsteps by joining the military. But when Carlos Bledsoe murdered Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, both fathers are forced to confront a new kind of American nightmare. As Melvin traced the trail that led Carlos from Nashville to Yemen and then to Little Rock, Daris confronted an American government that seems to be in denial about what happened to his son. This powerful documentary provides a moment of clarity for Americans who care about their families and their country’s future.
We're not the only ones recommending this film. Frank Gaffney said it was a “must watch for Washington policy makers, too many of whom refuse to acknowledge the obvious threats.” Andrew C. McCarthy called the film a “wrenching wake-up call.” Brigitte Gabriel described it as “riveting, powerful, educational and a must see for every American.”
Rebecca Bynum wrote, "The film focuses on Nashville (where Carlos Bledsoe found Islam) and does an excellent job in exposing the radicalism of the Nashville Muslim leadership which has long been ignored or soft-peddled by the press, politicians and religious leaders. It deftly presents a great deal of factual information as it weaves together the stories of these two young men, one who became an American jihadi and the other an American soldier — one seeking to destroy our country, the other to defend it." Read the rest of her excellent review here.
You can buy your copy of this 68-minute DVD here.