Voices of the Banned
Women, children, and men from seven Muslim-majority countries fell under a temporary ban from entering the United States in January 2017. Uncertainty lies ahead for those hailing from Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya whose hopes were to enter the United States in seek of refuge. Who are these people? What kind of reasons and realities bring them to the United States in the first place? Hear from them firsthand in this selection of documentaries from the Women's Voices Now archives.
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Leila Jarman | Jordan | 2013
Asma and Munira produce and broadcast a groundbreaking socio-political radio program from Amman on the issues plaguing the Jordan Valley, an impoverished, religious and tribal agricultural hub – and their home.
Fouzia Najar | USA | 2015
From A-Z, symbols of faith and articles of ritual found in a Muslim home are set against a backdrop of alarmist, media misinformation that only foments further misunderstanding and ignorance.
Pari Ibrahim | Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq, Netherlands | 2015
Yazidi fighters and women survivors of the ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar speak about their horrific experiences from the relative safety of the Duhok and Zaxo refugee camps.
Sadaf Foroughi | Iran | 2007
Farahnaz Shiri is the first female bus driver in Tehran. On her bus, Farahnaz is free to upend gender norms and make women aware of their second-class citizenship, one rider at a time.
Nabaz Ahmad | Iraqi Kurdistan | 2005
Iraqi-Kurdish women and girls recall their traumatic experiences with genital mutilation, a practice that only persists where custom goes unquestioned and with detrimental consequence to the well being of an entire society.
Vandana Sood | India | 2009
In the era post-26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008, what happens when people from different classes and faiths sit across from each other in a taxi and take a journey together?
Anida Y. Ali | USA | 2010
Hate crime victims among American Muslims in Chicago inspired this collaborative project between artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. A dramatic layering of portraits against racial profiling hopes to inspire unity.
Ammar Basha | Yemen | 2009
Racial injustice defines the lives of the "Akhdam" women, or servant women, in Yemen. Of African descent, these women face violence, sexual assaults, and abuse without any legal or social consequences to the crimes...
Aref Mohammadi | Iran | 2008
Pursuing work in the male-dominated profession of car repairs, Zahra faces a number of obstacles posed by her gender.
Franc Planas | Iran | 2009
Fourteen years after her husband's passing Mrs. Molky decides to visit family in Isfahan, leaving the daily memorializing of her husband for the first time.