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Unveiled Views: Muslim Artists Speak Out (2008)


Spanish filmmaker Alba Sotorra hitchhiked from Barcelona to Pakistan, and along the way, she met five incredible women whose tales of hope, heroism and pride challenge conventional Western stereotypes about women in the Islamic world.

Bosnian Alma Suljevic risks her life daily clearing the landmines that are war’s deadly legacy, then sells minefield earth in European art galleries so that she can continue her work.

Eren Keskin, a longtime human rights activist and lawyer with music conservatory training, fights to change Turkey’s legal practices that perpetuate violence against women.

Veteran filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, true to her credo that art must „look, observe and discover,“ frequently pushes Iran’s censorship rules to the limit.

Surrounded by conflict since childhood, young Afghani writer Moshagan Saadat creates profoundly moving and memorable poems.

And renowned Pakistani dancer Nahid Siddiqui, once forced to live outside her homeland when her work was banned, continues to teach her artform. — JC

What’s life really like for women in the Islamic world? To what extent is our opinion of them based on Western prejudice?

The author of this film hitchhiked from Barcelona to Pakistan and portrayed the life of five remarkable women who challenge conventional stereotypes.

Alma clears landmines in Bosnia while Eren fights for human rights in Turkey. In contrast, the Iranian director, Rakhshan; Pakistani dancer, Nahid, and Moshgan, a poet from Afghanistan, all use art to express their viewpoints.

Cast: Alma Suljevic, Rakshan Bani-Ehmad, Moshagan Saadat, Nahid Siddiqui, Eren Keskin