On Boys, Girls and the Veil

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

This documentary on contemporary attitudes to the wearing of the hijah (the veil) among Egypt's youth seems deceptively simple at first: he follows Bessem Saura, a 24-year-old teacher and would-be actor, as he chats to friends, family and colleagues about their lives. However these relaxed discussions constantly throw up fragments of historical, social, and political information which gradually fit together to present an image of a non-fundamentalist Islamic society which undermines and challenges many of the assumptions too easily vocalised in the West. Not only that, but the interaction between the members of the Saura family provides a wonderfully engrossing central narrative.

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Release details

Duration:
72 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Yousry Nasrallah
Screenwriter:
Yousry Nasrallah
Cast:
Bessem Saura

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