Semiotics of Islam

A film by Fouzia Najar (USA/2015/7:07)

This irreverent film redefines quotidian items found in a Muslim home, revealing that the mainstream media’s prevailing narrative of Islam is uninformed and alarmist. However, the film reminds viewers that the misinformation that permeates our society has tragic outcomes, both in wars abroad and personal attacks at home.


About Fouzia Najar

Fouzia Najar is a Kashmiri-American filmmaker from Buffalo, NY. She has worked for awardwinning production companies such as Kartemquin Films, ABC News, and Jigsaw Productions, and her work has aired on The Weather Channel and CNN. Najar most recently worked on a documentary series that examines the death penalty in America and on developing a new miniseries on genius. She received her MFA from Hunter College in Integrated Media Arts, a program dedicated to innovative storytelling over transmedia platforms.

Fouzia was inspired to make this film by Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen, a feminist film from 1975. She wants to hold the mainstream media accountable for their coverage of Muslims.


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