Before we give you the details about the incredible film we’ve embedded in this post, we’re going to talk about the project that made it happen.
Young Muslim Voices is a creative venture that will see actors – both on stage and in film – tell the personal stories and experiences of young British Muslims. The shorts/performances will look to dispel the misconceptions that surround the faith, while challenging prejudice and fostering communication between people of different backgrounds.
Young Muslim Voices is an offshoot of Voices, a project, founded in February 2016 by siblings Daisy and Oli Boulton, ‘to provide a platform on which to present the stories of those often marginalised and misrepresented.’
Now let’s get to the film. The short is based on a 2016 Facebook post by young British Muslim Jiva Akbor. In the course of the six minute clip, actors of different ages, genders and backgrounds, recite the post Akbor wrote at the time.
The post recounts an experience Akbor had on a flight to Spain. Prior to takeoff, the woman sitting next to her alerted cabin crew after she saw Akbor text the word ‘Allah’ to a friend. Clearly flustered, the crew advised the woman that she could exit the flight if she felt uncomfortable.
Instead, she chose to stay, largely thanks to Akbor’s insistence on talking to her, allaying her fears when she certainly didn’t have to, and countering her ignorance by opening up to her.
While the video certainly ends on a happy note, it poses a lot of questions about prejudice, discrimination, and whether or not the oppressed should play a role in reasoning with their oppressor.
Take a look and let us know what you think of the video in the Facebook comments.
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