Unveiledis a 36-minute documentary that features interviews with young Muslimwomen living in Dubai. Their main discussion is about the hijab andits role in their lives. The filmmaker, Ines Hofman, selects a groupof women from very different religious, ethnic and culturalbackgrounds. In fact, all of them live in Dubai, but very few wereborn in the United Arab Emirates. All the interviewees in the shortfilm speak very fluent English which means that they are welleducated and modern. However, they have different opinions abouttheir religions and the hijab specifically. For instance, Badriah isborn and raised in Emirates Dinah is an Egyptian while Yasmin is aSaudi Arabian. Both Yasmin and Dinah admit that Dubai is tolerant toother people and is very modern whereas Dr. Hamdan is not inagreement. Hala is an Iraqi-Canadian but does not practice Muslim.Both Dr. Hamdan and Juwayrah are serious about Muslim and have put itcentral to their lives. Susan, a Palestinian-Canadian is insistentthat women put the veil because of pressure while Manar confides thatalthough she is forced to wear the veil, she totally agrees with thefather.
Thefilm starts by showing some of the magnificent tall skyscrapers ofDubai, the well-tarmacked roads and new vehicles and buildings, infact, one woman says ‘…everything seems new it is like it has nohistory.’ The women, despite having divergent opinions on theirdifferent clothing, they all passionately agree with the laws of theveil and what the Quran has to say about it. The hijab is depicted asa symbol of elevation and respect for Muslim women who put it on. Inthe real sense, it is a veil that covers the head and chest. It iswon by women past the age of puberty in the presence of male adultswho are not within their family circles. This topic raises verydivergent opinions on religion this is also shown in their way ofdressing as others are veiled while others are not. Hala, forinstance, is Muslim but does not practice while Dr, Hamdan andJuwayrah are both far-reaching about Islam in their lives it isworth noting that they both converted from Catholicism to Islam asadults. The only outstanding question that comes out clearly is thatwhy non-muslin women seem religious when they cover themselves butMuslim women who cover themselves are seen as oppressed. There is anongoing controversy in France where the veil has been banned. Thewomen have challenged the ban firmly stating that the dispute datesway back to the 1980s and is not a new matter. They are activelyopposing the stereotypes arising from the veil as extremism andsubduing.
Thisvideo is highlighting the segregation faced by Muslim women inpracticing their religion it shows how these women are not given achance to speak for themselves and allows the viewer to see that thehijab is a source of the Muslim woman’s identity and what it takesto be a Muslim woman. However, the film fails to elaborate on thedifferent kinds of veils that these women wear like the sheyla, niqaband the abaya. The main purpose of the film is to challenge thegeneral stereotypes by the media for the Muslim woman.Work cited