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Just a Piece of Cloth Documentary - 4 Muslim Women Talk About Hijab - Open Title Sequence

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Published on Nov 30, 2012

In this 34-minute documentary, four Muslim American women find that in post-9-11 America, their choice to wear or not wear the hijab (the Muslim headscarf or covering), has become a focal point for debate and education. Muslim women in the U.S. are subject to many stereotypes, including beliefs that they are oppressed, forced to cover their heads, and undereducated. The women in Just a Piece of Cloth challenge us to see the complex identities within any category of people and to witness the particular struggles faced by ordinary Muslim women in America. Their “counterstories” reveal not only each woman’s unique perspective, but also the shared human questions that lie just beneath a “piece of cloth” -- 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?

With original music by Aswat Bay Area Arab Music Ensemble, a section of Zawaya.

Just a Piece of Cloth was an Official Selection and received a “Making a Difference” award at the Toronto Community Film Festival in Sept. 2014. It has been screened with a wide variety of audiences at community libraries, churches, mosques, universities, community colleges, high schools, and even a 5th grade classroom. The video is distributed for educational, library, and other institutional use by Arab Film Distribution: www.arabfilm.com. For home use, go to www.justapieceofcloth.com. We also have a facebook page for updates on upcoming screenings: https://www.facebook.com/justapieceof.... For more information about this film, email us at justapieceofcloth1@gmail.com.

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