"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
-- Helen Keller

Keller.s statement could be a life motto for entrepreneur and philanthropist Omar Amanat. Mr. Amanat.s biography resembles the archetype of the American dream. Born in Queens, New York to Muslim parents who had emigrated from India, Mr. Amanat was the captain of his school.s sports teams as a young man. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business, he became an entrepreneur and transformed the electronic brokerage industry, earning Fortune Magazine.s recognition as one of the .Top Ten Most Influential Technologists. in the country. And then 9/11 happened.

It was a pivotal moment for Mr. Amanat, not only as a Muslim, but as an American. His company, Tradescape Corp., was headquartered on the 83th floor of the WTC North Tower. It was only an impromptu radio interview that prevented Mr. Amanat from being in the building when the plane hit.

This proximity to the event, along with his desire to understand why 19 fellow Muslims would perpetrate such a destructive act, led Mr. Amanat to begin studying the role that mass media plays in fostering minority violence. He even personally commissioned Harvard Medical School to research the physiological effects of watching images of violence being perpetrated on fellow minorities.

The outcome of these studies was a transformation in Mr. Amanat.s worldview, and a fundamental shift in his philanthropic and business priorities.

Philanthropy has long been a passion for Mr. Amanat. He is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Acumen Fund, a global venture capital fund for the poor. He is also on the Board of Directors for such organizations as Human Rights Watch and Malaria No More.

But it is Mr. Amanat's new occupation as a film financier that enables him to combine his commercial and philanthropic interests in "fidelity to a worthy purpose." Mr. Amanat has helped to finance or found several important companies, including Blue Planet Films, LLC, and Groundswell Productions.

For more information on Mr. Amanat.s cinematic and philanthropic projects, please visit www.OmarAmanat.com.