A SON’S SACRIFICE follows the journey of Imran, a young man who confronts his Muslim roots at a halal slaughterhouse in Queens, New York. Half Bangladeshi and half Puerto Rican, Imran is a typical New Yorker, straddling life across multiple cultures in the world’s most multicultural city.
Like many first-generation children of immigrants, Imran was born to a hardworking father who hoped his son would surpass him to become a successful American.
Caught between preserving his Bangladeshi heritage and becoming the all-American man his father envisioned, Imran decides to take over his father’s business, an old-fashioned slaughterhouse that caters to the halal dietary needs of its Muslim clientele.
Directed by Yoni Brook, A SON’S SACRIFICE will air nationally on the Emmy Award–winning PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard, on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 10 PM (check local listings); also in the evening’s lineup is the half-hour film AMERICAN MADE, which premiered on Independent Lens in 2006.
As we see in A SON’S SACRIFICE, during the holiday of Eid-al-Adha (also known as Qurbani) Muslims are commanded to slaughter a goat, lamb or bull to honor the Koranic story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God.
The event draws hundreds of Muslim families to the Uddin’s slaughterhouse in Queens. The celebration holds symbolic meaning for the fathers who pass this tradition on to their sons; it also requires grueling work.
As Imran delves into the complex preparations for the Qurbani holiday, we see him becoming immersed in the life of the slaughterhouse, a place that is both intrinsic to him as a Muslim and foreign to him as an American.
On the holiest day of the year, Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as a Muslim, as an American and as a son.