World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film

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World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, [1] a San Francisco bay area based writer-producer and founder of MyFavoriteReview who proclaimed the day and week of March 11 each year as a special observance to share and discuss Muslim culture. [2] The goal of the week according to the Pakistan Times is to use culture, art, and film to create bridges and dialogue of understanding. [3]

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