New film explores why Muslim women choose hijab

New film explores why Muslim women choose hijab

New film explores why Muslim women choose hijab

World Hijab Day

Host and filmmaker: Amal Mohamud

Duration: 4min


For Muslim women, wearing hijab is an act of worship as well as a way to practice modesty, a principle expected in the behavior and dress of all Muslims.

As the world marks the 11th anniversary of World Hijab Day, a new short film has been released in Canada to explore misconceptions around hijab and why some Muslim women in Edmonton choose to wear the head covering.

The film World Hijab Day shares its name with an annual event that was founded in 2013. Watch the video Here.

“I wanted to do this video to spread awareness and kind of just educate people,” said Amal Mohamud, the Edmonton filmmaker behind the project, CBC reported.

Seeing hijab as symbolizing her faith, Mohamud said she wanted people to know why Muslim women choose hijab.

In the film, part of CBC’s Creative Network that aims to amplify voices of the next generation of Canadians, Mohamud interviews community advocate Safia Ibrahim and social media influencer Hafsa Bint Yusuf, who has nearly 200,000 followers on TikTok.

Exploring people’s attitude towards hijab, Mohamud believes there is a long way to correct misconceptions about hijab and Muslim women.

Yet, she hopes her film will help diversify Canadian film and television, particularly when it comes to portraying Muslim women.

“I think we’ve never really had a documentary that just solely, focuses on the hijab,” said Mohamud.


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