Muneeza in the Middle
Catalogue Number: GAP016
Producer: GAPC Productions
Subject: Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Religious Studies, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2014
Running Time: 60
Muneeza Sheikh wears her faith on her sleeve - if she's wearing sleeves, that is. And that's a problem.
Muneeza in the Middle is the story of a 2nd generation Muslim in Canada trying to reconcile her religious values with her cultural and western values. Her religion urges modesty in all facets of life, but she’s a confident, beautiful, and outspoken lawyer who dresses well and turns heads. If her unorthodox piercings don't catch your eye, her slim physique, fitted clothing and cosmetic enhancements probably will. But don't be fooled.
Muneeza is a devout worshiper; she is also bound to challenge common stereotypes about Muslims. But her modern interpretation of the faith is catching up with her. Is she simply cherry picking the rules? Is her fight to maintain a unique identity justified? Does the religion create a double standard for women? These are just some of the questions that torment Muneeza once she has her first child. In order to set a good example, she wants to change for her daughter, but also doesn't want to lose herself. The religion makes this struggle even more complex, but Muneeza's story will resonate with every woman who has become a mother.
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