“They Call Me Muslim”

“They Call Me Muslim” is a short film focusing on the experiences of two Muslim women, one in Paris and one in Tehran, who hold very different opinions on veiling. Samah, living in Paris, feels that the ban on headscarves in French schools forces her to choose between her religion and her education, whilst K must wear the headscarf when in public in Iran. The filmmaker, Dianna Ferrero, explains some of the issues arising from the film in this article. The overall message of the documentary is one that at times seems to be overlooked in the headscarf debate – that women are negotiating political and cultural obstacles in order to regain control over their bodies in both religious and secular contexts, and that ultimately it is the freedom to choose to veil or not veil that should be promoted.

2 Responses to “They Call Me Muslim”

  1. sixpillarstopersia says:

    Hi i’d love to see that film, any idea where? I’m off to check where the film maker lives….
    (thanks for the update)

  2. mkhalid says:

    Hi, unfortunately there aren’t any screenings at the moment that I am aware of. I know that Women Make Movies (http://www.wmm.com/index.asp) sell the film on DVD for US$195 (they sell to institutions rather than individuals, so the price reflects the inclusion of public screening rights). You might also like to take a look at this website for updates on if the film will be available for purchase from another source, and to contact the filmmaker: http://www.mediarights.org/film/they_call_me_muslim.php. You might also like to try a nearby university library to see if they have a copy for loan.

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