The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud
The Netherlands/US | 2007 | 29 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 07922
Filmmaker Safari follows this women’s rights activist and scholar around the world as she quietly but with utter conviction explains her analysis of Islam in the classroom, at conferences, in her home, and in the hair dresser’s shop. Wadud explains how Islam, with its promise of justice, appeals to the African American community. And she links the struggle for racial justice with the need for gender equality in Islam. Deeply engaging, this film offers rare insights into the powerful connections between Islam, women’s rights, and racial justice.
“Extraordinary…an important document of a woman who is making history.”
“Incredibly valuable…Gender struggles are at the very heart of reforming Islam today, and no one represents these struggles more powerfully, deeply, and passionately than Amina Wadud.”
"The compelling documentary provides...the viewer with a broader understanding of the multifaceted and diverse interpretations of Islam and with material for exciting analytical discussion and debate regarding the fluidity and changing nature of religion, religious practice, and the meaning of faith. In addition, the film outlines motifs of resistance, empowerment, voice, and agency."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- International Bunker Film Festival, Italy
- Freedom Film Festival, Malaysia
- Amnesty Int'l Malaysia Special Screening
- African American Women FF
Documentary filmmaker Elli Safari was born 1954 in Iran. She gave lectures about Iranian cinema in different Dutch cities from 1999 to 2003. She also wrote an essay about film director Rahshan Bani-Etemad, on the occasion of her winning the Prince Claus Award in 1998. (09/09)