NARRATIVE I France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, USA 2015 I 43 MINS. I FRENCH
When France passes a law banning religious symbols in schools, 14-year-old Mariam is thrown into an identity crisis. French born to Arab parents, Mariam begins to discover her Muslim identity when she is forced to choose between wearing her hijab and going to school. A portrait of a teenage girl on a fierce search for herself, this film asks viewers to consider the complicated experience of Muslim women living in the west.
DOCUMENTARY I CANADA 2015 I 12 MINS. I ENGLISH
inspirit CHANGE LEADER series (screening with mariam)
The goal of the Inspirit Foundation is to create a more inclusive Canada by celebrating and supporting our differences. In this series, young diverse change leaders from across Canada share their experiences with racism, prejudice and creating change in short 1-minute interviews.
Join us for the co-presentation of Mariam and the Inspirit Foundation’s Change Leader series! Inspirit Foundation works to create a more inclusive Canada by celebrating and supporting our differences. Watch as young diverse change leaders from across Canada share their experiences with racism, prejudice and creating change in this short and compelling series.
Plus visit the CONVERSATION ROOM after the film and learn how you can turn your passion into action. Stop in for coffee and snacks, discuss the issues, sign petitions, volunteer and become more knowledgeable about the things you care about!
Faiza Ambah is a Saudi filmmaker with a background in journalism. She was Gulf Correspondent for The Washington Post before leaving in 2009 to focus on filmmaking. Mariam is her first film.
Producers: Jérome Bleibrach, Silvio Saade, Asim Ambah
Editor: Antoine Rodet
Writer: Faiza Ambah
Cinematographer: Tristan Tortuyaux
Principle Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Lou Levy, Louka Masset, Ahmed Hafiene, Soumaye Bocoum
Production Company: Bizibi, SilverGrey, Faizalberry Films