The Four Hijabs / by R. Sheth

(12 min, 6 sec)

Written by Jamil Khoury with Dr. Manal Hamzeh
Directed by Liz Wuerffel
Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy

Release Date

July 30, 2016

Premiere Venue

Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

"The Four Hijabs" is an entertaining and accessible way to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab. "The Four Hijabs" is an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses:

⚬ the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women)
⚬ the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces)
⚬ the ethical hijab (ethical values/practices required of all Muslims)
⚬ the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge)

Inspired by ideas in Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book "Pedagogies of DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse" (2012) and adapted into a screenplay by Jamil Khoury, "The Four Hijabs" builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi.

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Arti Ishak | Friend 1

Melissa Canciller | Ethical Hijab


Fin Coe | Friend 2

Gordon Chow | Spatial Hijab

Rula Gardenier | Spiritual Hijab

Monica Orozco | Friend 3

Kaelan Strouse | Visual Hijab


Production Team

Jamil Khoury
Dr. Manal Hamzeh

Executive Producers
Malik Gillani
Jamil Khoury

Liz Wuerffel

Sound Recordist and Sound Editor
Peter J. Storms

Script Development Support
Melissa Canciller
Gordon Chow
Fin Coe
Rula Gardenier
Malik Gillani
Arti Ishak
Effat Moussa
Monica Orozco
Aila Peck
Corey Pond
Omer Abbas Salem
Jameeleh Shelo
Kaelan Strouse
Fouad Teymour

Anna Hayden-Roy

Production Manager
Corey Pond