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Reclaim the Name (N/C 12+)

14 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue CCA Cinema
Location of CCA Cinema


The victim, the oppressed, the one without a voice. That’s not us. We’re taking the power back, reclaiming and defining what it means to be Muslim women.

Curated by Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre and Scottish filmmaker Raisah Ahmed, this is a strand of films from around the world that showcase the voices and talents of female Muslim filmmakers. Focusing on a range of themes, genres and approaches, this programme does away with pigeonholing and lifts stereotypes through honesty, humour and bravery. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation about the films and how we overturn false and dated narratives, with participation from Amina MWRC, Raisah Ahmed, and 'One Day in Whitechapel' Director Seemab Gul.

There will also be a short reading by Rumaisa Zubairi, a medical student and poet who was commended as a Foyle Young Poet in 2016. Rumaisa has performed at the Young Scot Award Ceremony and Paisley Town Hall, and has worked with Scottish Makar Jackie Kay.

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A woman witnesses an incident on the bus.

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  • Director Farnoosh Samadi
  • Country Iran, Italy
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 15m
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Letters to S.

How different are Switzerland and Syria? A sarcastic political tour playing on questions of borders, safety, exile, human rights and responsibilities, democracy and true political empowerment.

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  • Director Layla Abyad
  • Duration 12m
  • Country Switzerland
  • Year 2015
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One Day in Whitechapel

Two teenagers meet on opposite sides of the barricades during a racist demonstration.

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  • Director Seemab Gul
  • Duration 12m
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Year 2015
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After Sophie

A documentary filmmaker investigates the troubling suicide of a teenager.

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  • Director Minhal Baig
  • Duration 9m
  • Country United States
  • Year 2017
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Highlighting the lived reality of Muslim women in public spaces and exploring what happens when you walk down the street if you’re a young woman of colour, who may or may not wear a hijab.

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  • Director Roxana Vlik
  • Duration 5m
  • Country Scotland
  • Year 2017
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Christmas Eve in Syria. A small child, playing hide and seek with his father, conceals himself in the fireplace. When an airstrike flattens their home, the fireplace remains standing, however the child finds himself trapped and alone.

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  • Director Samah Safi Bayazid & Muhammad Bayazid
  • Duration 12m
  • Country Syria/Turkey/United States
  • Year 2017
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Just One Night

Two best friends at a crossroads in life put aside their religious convictions to go to a bar for the first time. Secrets surface and their relationship is put to the test.

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  • Director Sahar Jahani
  • Duration 13m
  • Country United States
  • Year 2018
  • Duration 2h
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