Veiled Voices

Veiled Voices
Genre: Documentary | Director: Brigid Maher | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length: 57 minutes | Country: Global, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt | Year: 2009 | Rating: N/A

Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private worlds of these women. The stories featured in the film give insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world. Each triumphs over difficult challenges as they carve out a space to lead—both in Islam and in their communities.

Lesson plans and viewing guides are available here.

The Mideast Center has a copy of this film that educators may borrow for free. Email mideast@unc.edu to request the film.

Also available on Netflix.

Aleppo, Magams for Pleasure

Aleppo, Magams for Pleasure
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Mohamad Malas | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Syria | Year: 1999 | Rating: N/A

Sheikh Sabri Mudallal is considered the latest of the Masters of Tarab and reciting in Aleppo, Syria. The troupe (Turath) that he established is considered an oriental orchestra that maintains of singing and reciting in its most originality and purity.

The Syrian Bride

The Syrian Bride
Genre: Drama, Comedy | Director: Eran Riklis | Language: English | Length: 97 minutes | Country: Israel, Syria | Year: 2004 | Rating: G

A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late ’60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona to marry Tallel, who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one — given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it’s unlikely she will ever be able to return. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the wedding.

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