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This is a new video about Muslim women, the hijab, and other issues of Islamaphobia and racism. Regrettably timely. (See more description below.) Two local Muslim women, Naz Mohamed and Hind Mari, will share their differing perspectives and lead us in discussion following the film. Come join with others who care about making our community more inclusive and just.
Naz is the Clerk of the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. Hind is the Director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at UMass Amherst. Both are engaged in activities in our community and have rich experiences to share.
*** At one of our recent film showings many people wanted more time to talk about the issues raised by the film, and suggested that we might more often show shorter films, thereby allowing for more discussion and connecting among those present. This is a 34 minute engaging documentary, so we will have more time to engage with Naz, Hind and each other. * * *
Just a Piece of Cloth is a documentary that unravels stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media about Muslim women. The video features four Muslim women in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds as they talk about what hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, means to them and how it affects their daily lives. With humor, seriousness, and candor they speak from personal experience about this often controversial garment. Despite their unique stories, universal human questions lie just beneath the surface: What boundaries define me? How do I travel across those boundaries to be true to myself, my community, and my faith? How do I transform the stories that limit my potential? * * *
The next video in our Coming Together series will be "What's Race Got to Do with It?" on Thursday, June 9th at 7PM at The Jones Library (our co-sponsor for the series).