Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Rachel Raimist | Language: English | Length: 31 mins | Country: United States | Year: 2014 | Rating: NR

When one thinks of the American Deep South, the images of veiled students strolling campus may be last thing that comes to mind. Through interviews with students and faculty at Alabama, this film examines representations and issues of agency by asking: How do Muslim female students carve a space in a culture that thinks of Muslims as terrorists and Muslim women as backward? In a place where football is the bond that ties all– beyond religion, culture, race and ethnicity, there nothing more quintessentially Southern than Muslim girls in the stadium in their houndstooth scarfs, waving pompoms shouting “Roll Tide!”

Available to screen for a small fee online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, USH2.H.7.3, USH2.H.8.4, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)

Inch’Allah Dimanche

Inch’Allah Dimanche
Genre:
Biography, Drama | Director: Yamina Benguigui | Language: Arabic, French | Length: 96 minutes | Country: Algeria, France | Year: 2001 | Rating: N/A

This French/Algerian movie tells the story about the life of an Algerian immigrant woman in France. The film is largely descriptive of her family’s experience moving to France and the struggles for autonomy Algerian women continue to face even today. The film won a variety of international awards, including the 2001 International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.. Although Benguigui was urged to change the name of the film after the September 11 attacks, she chose to keep the original title, a portion of which is in Algerian Arabic. This film explores the complexities of immigration and the role of women in Algerian society.

This is a great film to show in French Language classes. French teachers might also have intermediate-advanced students read the book “Dakia, fille d’Alger” to further study of Algeria.

Available for streaming on Netflix.

Sabah

Sabah
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Ruba Nadda | Language: English | Length: 86 minutes | Country: Canada | Year: 2005 | Rating: NR

Arsinee Khanjian plays the title character, an unmarried 40-year-old woman of Syrian birth who lives in Toronto with her traditional and sometimes overbearing, but loving, Muslim family. Sabah is a 40-year-old Muslim woman. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man: She’s Muslim; he’s not. Keeping him secret from her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.