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Under One Sky... Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab

Directed by Jennifer Kawaja
Canada, 1999 (documentary, 44 minutes, colour / black and white, English)
Under One Sky... Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"To Western eyes, the veil is one of the most contentious symbols of Middle Eastern culture. For some it represents the oppression of Muslim women, mysterious sexuality and the struggle between Eastern and Western values. But for the North American Arab women who wear the hijab, the veil is a proud emblem of their identity and heritage. Against a backdrop of ads and Hollywood movies that exoticize or demonize the Middle Eastern woman, Under One Sky presents some very modern Arab women who trace their history, from early colonialist missions, to post-Gulf War feminism. Informed and articulate, these women reveal the ideologies behind the veil with passionate insight and unexpected flair. Director Jennifer Kawaja discovers that Arab women are adamant about tearing away labels imposed by both East and West. Whether denouncing right wing anti-abortionists or defending the right of Muslim women not to wear the hijab, veiled Arab women see no reason to follow anyone's dogma."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Dionne Brand
Produced by: Ginny Stikeman, Margaret Wong, Andrée Lachapelle, Nicole Hubert, Don Haig, Sally Bochner
Narrator: Roula Said
Cinematography: Kent Nason, Savas Kalogeras
Film Editing: Cathy Gulkin, Dominique Sicotte, Hélène Girard
Music: Roula Said, Maryem Hassan
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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