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Conversation Revisits The Women of 'Hijabi World' Film

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The short film “Hijabi World,’’ a Newest Americans documentary shot in 2016, was created in response to a Buzzfeed video featuring non-Muslim wearing hijabs to document how others responded to them. But a group of Muslim women students at Rutgers-Newark wondered why there was no focus on women who wear hijabs every day. “Their experience overshadowed ours,’’ said Sohlya, one of the women interviewed for the film. In “Hijabi World,” she and others contradicted stereotypes that women who were hijabs are meek, oppressed, and forced by others to cover their heads. The outspoken interviewees, who represent many Muslim nationalities, proudly described their choice to wear the hijab and its spiritual and cultural importance in their lives. In this conversation with Rutgers-Newark digital strategist Ashley Davison, three of the subjects featured in “Hijabi World” talk about the impact of the film and how their identities as Muslim women have evolved since then.

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