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“Covered: The Hejab in Cairo”— This absorbing documentary offers a rare opportunity to examine the restoration of veiling and the reasons for its pervasiveness through the eyes of Egyptian women. In unique interviews with women of different ages and backgrounds, COVERED reveals that Islamic tradition, religious fundamentalism, and growing nationalism are not solely responsible for decisions to wear the hejab. Diverse social, economic and political factors, as well as personal preferences, often play prominent roles. As timely as it is compelling, the film shows how complex causes account for a phenomenon that is poorly understood outside the Muslim world. Produced and directed by Tania Kamal-Eldin.
“Benaat Chicago”—This video is the result of the directors’ year-long collaboration with Arab American teenagers to document their lives growing up on Chicago’s southwest side. It addresses stereotypes and racism towards Arabs and Arab women, while showing what makes many Arab Americans proud of their cultural heritage. Thought provoking and insightful, this video is a complex portrayal of a Chicago community often kept invisible. Directed by Jennifer Bing-Canar and Mary Zerkel.
Discussion will be led by Ms. Angela Ritter, doctoral student in UNC’s French department.
Part of “ReOrienting the Veil Film Series.” For more information, please contact Sahar Amer (email@example.com).