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Posted on Sep 9, 2015

People Are Tweeting #NetflixListen To Get This Series About A Muslim Hero Made

The show's Muslim star was tired of being typecast as a terrorist, so he's publicly pitching his own show to Netflix instead.

Two filmmakers, Ahmad Hussam & Nick Armero, have made it their mission to get Netflix to stream their original series Salahadin — a show that chronicles the life of the 12th century Muslim leader of the same name.

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Salahadin's star, Ahmad Hussam, told BuzzFeed he originally created the project because he was tired of being typecast as a terrorist in every role he auditioned for.

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"We want Netflix to hear this idea so they can produce the show with us. We want to make this a Netflix original," he said.

They recently made a video "sneaking" into Netflix headquarters to pitch their show, which caught the attention of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

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Hussam says the beginning of the video does, in fact, take place at the Netflix headquarters. After being kicked out of HQ they staged the rest of the video at their studios in Tampa.

Salahadin has raised over $80,000 on KickStarter, but Hussam tells us his goal is to get an in-person interview with Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

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"We could have gone to Hulu or Amazon, but we really think Netflix is the perfect fit for our project," he says.

They've even got the support of a slew of Netflix stars.

Hey @netflix this project looks pretty cool! Check it out #netflixlisten

Hey @netflix folks, these guys have been working their butts off and have a really unique voice. Check them out!

Check out this video from @PeaceHouseUS and @Salahadinfilm and see how many Netflix references you can pick out :)

@SSoumayaNAJIB @OITNB wow, I would be honored to help! I can share on my page and tag @netflix

"This benefits everyone," Hussam says. " Networks choose what we watch, but now we can choose what we want. If thousands of people are demanding this show, networks don't have to worry if it's going to perform well."

"Having Reed Hastings publicly acknowledge us on Facebook was great, but we haven't reached our goal yet."

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UPDATE: Netflix tweeted that #NetflixListen will be discussed during an upcoming board meeting!

Hey @PeaceHouseUS, #NetflixListen is on the agenda at today's board meeting. #NetflixListening

BuzzFeed has reached out to Netflix for comment.

H/t Muslim Girl

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