Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Takes a ‘Stand’

Showtime Says a Documentary About the Basketball Star Will Air on its Network

Showtime Sports Documentary Films is set to release a documentary feature based on the life of basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, entitled “Stand.” The documentary will premiere in early 2023.

Directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons, “Stand” explores the personal and professional struggles of Abdul-Rauf, from being bullied as a child due to his Tourette’s syndrome to becoming a target of hate speech and Islamophobia during his basketball career. The documentary film features exclusive interviews with several basketball and entertainment stars including Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr, Shaquille O’Neal, Jalen Rose, Mahershala Ali and Ice Cube.

“It is an honor to be collaborating with Showtime and the production team and working with our director, Joslyn Rose Lyons,” Abdul-Rauf said in a statement. “Joslyn has brought a stellar, brilliant vision to this film.

My hope is that my story will help heal and bring new perspective to the world.”

The film marks Lyons’ feature length directorial debut. Sarah Allen executive produces alongside MSM’s Mike Tollin and Mason Gordon. Colleen Dominguez serves as producer with Tom Friend and consulting producer David Kelly.


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