Women Leaving Islam – New Film Premiere on 1 February, World Hijab Day
- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On February 1, 2021
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Women Leaving Islam, a new film by CEMB, premiered on 1 February as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules. You can watch the film here.
In this powerful film, six ex-Muslim women activists share their moving stories of growing up in Muslim families and Muslim-majority countries and the violence, loss and shunning they faced because of their apostasy.
The women talk about everything from tearing their hijab on door handles as a child, wearing a burkini on a beach in Italy, wanting to scream their atheism in Mecca during Hajj, losing custody of a child after a husband’s accusations of blasphemy, reporting a violent fundamentalist father, forging a male guardian’s signature in order to flee their country and being shunned for defending gay rights.
The brave women: Fauzia Ilyas, Fay Rahman, Halima Salat, Mimzy Vidz, Rana Ahmad and Zara Kay reside/have resided in Australia, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. They are from backgrounds as diverse as Bangladeshi, British, Egyptian/Moroccan, Saudi, Somali/Kenyan, Pakistani and Tanzanian.
Read a review of film, From the Hijab to Freedom, by Rahila Gupta in New Humanist.
See also Lost and Found in sister-hood.
#WomenLeavingIslam #WorldHijabDay #FromHijabToFreedom #FreeFromHijab ‘NoToHijabDay
Executive Producer: Maryam Namazie
Producer: Gita Sahgal
Producer, Director and Filmmaker: Reason4Freedom
For more information on the film or CEMB’s activities, please contact: Maryam Namazie at email@example.com.