My Names is Khan is an Indian film from 2010. It follows the life of Rizwan Kahn, a gifted young man with Asperger Syndrome, which limits his ability to show emotion and interpret the intentions of others. Yet, his greatest struggle comes with his identity as a Hindu Indian living in the United States. He is successful and happy with is life after coming to America, but the racial fallout of the 9/11 attacks takes a significant toll on his family, especially his wife. Because of their ethnicity, they encounter suspicion and ridicule, but in turn he shows love and compassion, in his long journey to speak to the president and say, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.” The film review includes discussion questions from a theological angle, including Scripture citations.
Scan or click the QRcode to open the faith review:
In this dramatic portrayal of love and death, the tragic dimensions of human experience are explored both in this life and in the hereafter. With the loss of their two children, Chris and Annie battle the torments of grief. Annie never recovers, and after the death of her husband, Chris, she commits suicide. In the afterlife, Chris embarks on a quest to find Annie, who has been barred from heaven due to her suicide. While the film departs significantly from biblical theology, there are a number of fascinating discussion questions that the film provokes: love, death, grief, salvation, the afterlife, and so forth. We have two reviews of the film, which both include excellent questions for group discussion.
Scan or click the QRcode to access the reviews:
How should we, as persons of faith, respond to the question of infidelity in marriage? How do we, as family and friends of married people, help them to uphold their marriage vows? How can we help families heal during a divorce? Bringing our theology into conversation with this movie could be an important way to talk about those questions.
How are we stewards of our gifts for the kingdom of God? In what ways do we encourage others to use their gifts? This is one of the theological questions asked in this 2006 drama that takes place at a Coast Guard training facility.