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)

Our Summer in Tehran

Our Summer in Tehran
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Justine Shapiro | Language: English, Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 59 minutes | Country: Iran | Year: 2009 | Rating: NR

Justine Shapiro, a Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker, takes her 6-year-old son with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with three families: the family of a doctor who works with the Revolutionary Guards; a two-career, multi-generational family; and a single mom who’s an actress. The surprising relationships that arise over the time of the filming, and the exposure to politically and culturally diverse Iranians living normal, middle-class lives in the midst of great international tension, make this film a real must-see. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed. Produced by Promises Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with partial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Visit the film’s website here.
Available to purchase to stream online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.3

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.