Beyond The Veil | خلف الحجاب
(2017) -- Directed by Sandy Ismail
Unable to recognize who she has become, a Muslim woman exposes herself to her most intimate thoughts facing a crucial turning point on her journey to self discovery.
In humanizing the narrative of one individual, I hope that shedding light on her various dimensions leads to a better understanding and respect for individuality. A conscious individuality that is part of a collective, bound by ties to her God, her religion, her culture, and herself, yet as much as she is influenced by her surroundings what she is yearning for is self-understanding. By portraying a veiled woman, who is often objectified for her outer appearance, I offer a deep reflection into the moment of self-awareness. Her journey is a journey that we all take at one point in life and I hope that we can all find a piece of ourselves in her.
Official Selection | Finalist: World of Women Film Fair Middle East, Dubai (2017)
Official Selection: Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, NY (2018)
Official Selection: Greenwich Village Film Festival, NY (2018)
Official Selection: WIND International Film Festival, CA (2018)
Official Selection: Queens World Film Festival Queens, NY (2019)
Official Selection: The Women's Voices Now Online Film Festival, CA (2019)
Official Selection: Dumbo Film Festival, NY (2019)
Official Selection: 14th Arab Film Festival, MI @ the Arab American National Museum (2019)
Premiered @ International Center of Photography
For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? Exhibition 2019