A big film about a small piece of fabric
No dress code inspires more debate than that of Muslim women. In North America, the way a Muslim woman dresses is her personal choice, but that choice, which includes whether or not to wear a hijab to cover her hair, is often met with both approval and criticism.
The film follows the women’s personal journey of four Toronto Muslim women and their interactions with different sectors of society when they decide to start or stop wearing hijab revealing that a piece of fabric carries many diverse meanings and messages. As the women try to follow their faith and their hearts at the same time we witness the intricate and complex effects of hijab on Muslim women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society in which they live.
Awards and Nominations:
Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival
Award or Merit, Accolade Global Film Competition
International Award of Excellence, International Film Festival for Spirituality – Religion – Visionary
Featured Filmmaker, Princeton Independent Film Festival
Reel Rose Award Nominee, Best Documentary, John Paul II Interfaith Film Festival
Rhythm of Life Award Nominee, John Paul II Interfaith Film Festival
Just Film Award
Global Peace Film Festival (Orlando, U.S.A.)
Freedom Film Fest KOMAS (Malaysia)
Princeton Independent Film Festival (Featured Filmmaker) (Princeton, U.S.A.)
Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema (Kazan, Russia)
Youth Peace International Film Festival (Malang, Indonesia)
About the Director
Kyoko Yokoma is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, writer and editor who has studied and worked in New York, Istanbul, Toronto as well as her native country Japan.
Reflecting her experience in four countries, Kyoko has maintained her focus in her work on the challenges and merits of cross-cultural communications and knowledge.
She started making films after working as a journalist in New York City. Her directorial debut Dancing with Lives was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Female Eye Film Festival, and was screened at New York Asian American Film Festival and Boulder Asian Film Festival. As a producer, Kyoko produced Sun, Moon and a Star, CNN Turk and was screened at Istanbul International Documentary Festival.
Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.
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