[Videolib] "Veiled Revolution"

From: <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
Date: Wed Jun 10 2009 - 12:26:10 PDT

Some possibilities

Wearing Hijab: Uncovering the Myths of Islam in the United States
    Six women who were born into Muslim families or who chose to convert
to Islam talk about being Muslim in the United States, and their
choice of whether to wear the traditional veil, the hijab. Interviews
with spouses and family members also shed light on the spiritual and
cultural dimensions of this practice. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003.
34 min.

Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab
    Is the hijab veil associated with Muslim women, a symbol of
oppression, cultural identity or a combination of both elements? Set
against a backdrop of Madison Avenue ads and Hollywood movies that
romaticize or demonize the Middle Eastern woman, this program presents
the history of Arab womanhood, from the days of early colonial
missions to the post-Gulf War era. Informed, articulate Arab women
living in North America describe the ideologies behind the veil and
tear away the labels imposed by both East and West. Dist.: Films Media
Group. 1999. 44 min.

    Produced and directed by Tania Kamal-Eldin. This documentary examines
the reasons behind the increased veiling occurring in Egypt. Intimate
interviews set against a backdrop of compelling footage reveal the
complex motives of women choosing to cover up. 1995. 30 min. [Women
Make Movies]

Hidden Faces.
    Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist
writer Nawal El Saadawi, this film develops into a fascinating
portrayal of Egyptian women's lives in Muslim society. It broaches the
contradictions of feminism in a Muslim environment and the profound
attachments to traditional family life. 1990. 52 min. [Women Make

 The Ladies' Room (Zananeh)
    Filmed in a women's restroom in a park in Tehran, this film offers
insights into the lives of women in Iran. The ladies' room enables the
women to unveil themselves, both physically and psychologically. In a
series of frank and intimate conversations they debate everything from
drugs and family abuse, to sex, relationships and religion. 2003. 55
[Women Make Movies]

My Journey, My Islam
    Through interviews with Muslim women in Australia, India, Pakistan and
Britain this film documents how they reconcile and interpret the
requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture.
Although the film focuses on the Hijab (veil) and the Burhka, it
raises larger issues and questions surrounding identity, women's
rights and their place in Muslim society. Includes an interview with
former Pakitani premier, Benazir Bhutto who speaks of her experiences
as a Muslim woman and how her beliefs in Islam were by no means a
hindrance to her career. c1999. 56 min
[Women Make Movies]

The Other Side of Burka
    On the southern Iranian island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, women
wear a headscarf and a "burka," a pinching mask of black bands that
presses against the eyebrows and nose ending in a point just above the
mouth. The interviewed women do not remove this outward sign of
oppression, but against strict Islamic religious rules, they talk
openly into the camera about their lives. Produced, written and
directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2005. 52 min.

They Call Me Muslim.
    Muslim headgear, the Hijab. One in France has chosen to wear the Hijab
in defiance of French Law. The other skirts the law in Iran, by
wearing it as little as possible. A documentary written, produced and
edited by Diana Ferrero. 2006. 27 min. [Women Make Movies]

Women Like Us
    A documentary film profiling 5 ordinary Iranian women of different
ages and backgrounds: a nurse, a journalist, a rice farmer, a
religious college graduate and a piano teacher. Against a backdrop of
Islam, revolution and war, they share their views on the veil, the
relationship of Iranian women to the West and the long-ranging impacts
of the 1979 Revolution on the status of women in their country. 60
min. 2002. [Women Make Movies]

Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion
    Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the United
States to interview Muslim women about Western assumptions about the
practice of wearing veils. Explores the historical origins and
stereotypes about veiling and confronts common misconceptions about
the tradition of covering in Muslim society. 2004. 50 min. [Arab Film

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


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