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Author McIntyre, Janet

Title Covered girls / by Janet McIntyre and Amy Wendel
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003


Description 1 online resource (21 min.)
Series Filmakers Library online
Summary Have you ever seen Muslim-American high school girls in full-length dresses and traditional hijabs (head scarves) playing full-court basketball? Prior to 9/11, the average Westerner had little more than one-dimensional views of Islam and Muslim women. Covered Girls opens a window into the lives of a colorful and startling group of Muslim-American teenage girls in New York and challenges the stereotypes many Americans may have about this culture. The film documents the daily experience of Kiren who coaches her high school basketball team, Amnah who has a black belt in Karate, and Tavasha who is cutting a CD of original rap songs. Their traditional clothing allows them to understand prejudices and to speak out about their faith, especially after 9/11, when people spat upon, pushed and threatened them. They are quite happy that their dress allows men to look at them as people instead of as sex objects. The film follows the girls from a Harlem recording studio to a Brooklyn mosque, revealing typical teenagers suddenly caught in a tug-of-war between religious extremism and the American dream. A closed-captioned version is available. Please specify when ordering
Audience For High School; College; Adult audiences
Notes English
Print version record
National Women's Studies Association, 2004
Best Short Documentary, Nashville Independent Film Festival, 2003
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2003
Official Selection, Walker Art Center's Women with Vision Film Festival, 2003
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2003
Subject Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- Social aspects
Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- Religious aspects
Muslim women.
Muslim women
Genre/Form Documentary
Form Streaming video
Author Wendel, Amy