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Synopsis

Following the events of 9/11, and in the wake of the resulting media interest in Islam and fury against so-called “Islamisation”, a hitherto, barely noticed item of women’s clothing was pushed to the fore of public attention: the hijab. This garment is a sort of fitted headscarf that serves to cover the wearer’s head, hair, neck, shoulders and chest, but not the face. The question of whether the hijab is a symbol of liberation or repression has fuelled many heated discussions in recent years. This is especially so in the West, where reactions to the rising number of women wearing a hijab in public range from aggressive to disturbing. Undercovered, a film by the two Bosnian directors Nejra Latić Hulusić and Sabrina Begović-Ćorić, focuses on young Muslim women who have made the conscious decision to wear the hijab, and who see it as a symbol of autonomy, and rebellion against capitalist and oftentimes sexist views on “women’s liberation”. As a result, the protagonists of this film do not conform in the slightest to stereotypes of repressed Muslim women. Instead, they speak freely about their lives, their thoughts, and their experiences with this controversial item of clothing.

Guests

Sabrina Begović-Ćorić

Sabrina Begović-Ćorić

Director and Writer Undercovered
In Vienna: April 16-23

Nejra Latić Hulusić

Nejra Latić Hulusić

Director and Writer Undercovered
In Vienna: April 16-23

Moderator

Orhan Vehabovic

Orhan Vehabovic

Moderator Film Programme

Undercovered

Original Title

Undercovered

Director

Nejra Latić Hulusić, Sabrina Begović-Ćorić

Script

Nejra Latić Hulusić, Sabrina Begović-Ćorić

Genre

Documentary

Category

Documentary Competition

Country

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Year

2017

Language

Bosnian with Engl. sub.

Running time

53 min.

Distribution/Contact

HAVA Sarajevo

Dates

Tuesday 17.04.

20:45 Actors Studio 1

Wednesday 18.04.

18:30 Breitenseer Lichtspiele

Friday 20.04.

15:00 Actors Studio 1