Documentary tells story of a Muslim man’s heroism

Documentary Tells Story of a Muslim Man’s Heroism

Documentary tells story of a Muslim man’s heroism

To bring people together, Toledo developer Nick Eyde and longtime friend Mohammad Khalil are telling the story of an American Muslim hero who lost his life trying to save lives at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.

The hero, Mohammad Salman Hamdani is a Pakistani-American NYPD cadet. The Star Wars-obsessed police cadet and EMT ran toward the Twin Towers to save lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Hamdani was recognized as a hero.

Mohammad Salman Hamdani
The Salman Hamdani Story is a story of heroism and one mother’s struggle to honor her son and break down barriers for Muslim Americans in the post-9/11 world.

“People need to hear the story, they need to know more about Salman and about what he believed and everything that he embodied,” Eyde said. “To me, it was all the good things about America in one life that was tragically cut short.”

Wanting to take on an interfaith project, Eyde and Khalil thought about things that had changed America. They started conducting interviews in 2016 with Hamdani’s family, friends, professors, and two Muslim survivors of the attacks.

Their effort resulted in American Jedi: The Salman Hamdani Story, a 38-minute documentary that will be screened at the University of Michigan. Eyde, who has some experience with acting and producing short films, said he hopes audiences will get to know Hamdani as he did through the production process.


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