Can you hear me?

A Muslim woman observes the reactions of her neighbors when she appears with or without certain pieces of clothing - like a headscarf or full face-veil - and reflects on whether or not, and how she is seen. 

A film by Shazia Javed (Canada | 2015 | 3 mins).



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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.

Director’s Statement

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.


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