A film by Shazia Javed (Canada/2015/2:39)
A Muslim woman appears with or without certain pieces of clothing, like a headscarf or full face-veil, and wonders why particular neighbours can hear her or not based solely on what she wears.
About Shazia Javed
Shazia Javed is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. Her film, "NAMRATA," produced by the National Film Board of Canada, was a finalist for three Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Awards. Her work has screened at Hot Docs International documentary film festival, Global Visions, Doxa, and Durban international film-festival among many others. Javed’s writings have been published in various newspapers, online magazines and academic journals. In 2010, Edmonton Arts Council hosted an exhibition of her photo-essay on Edmonton’s Muslim Women. Her academic research interests include transnational-feminism, Muslim women’s social-movements, South-Asian diaspora, New-Media, Documentaries, and Hindi films.
This video is in response to the current socio-political environment that silences Muslim women’s voices based on the preconceptions associated with what they wear or not. For example, Muslim women face discrimination sometimes for wearing a Hijab (headscarf) and in other spaces for not wearing it--all within the same cities and neighbourhoods.