Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Je porte le voile" ("I wear the veil") documentary

I can't give any real critique on this documentary because I haven't seen it, but I still have to mention what I know about it... It's a bit weird!

I was talking about Eid yesterday and my co-worker was saying that I shouldn't try to understand everything, I never will with "this religion". Kind of an insult, she obviously has no positive feelings towards Islam.

She tells me she saw a show where a woman who put out a documentary was being interviewed about it. She converted to Islam after marrying an Algerian Muslim man and began wearing the veil when her now 13-year old daughter was born. She started making the documentary as a way to show her daughter the beauty of the veil and the reasons why to wear it. At this point, I was like... Aw, that's nice. (Why is this co-worker using this as an example to show that Islam is hard to understand?)

That's when she says that she actually was not wearing the veil in the interview. And that through making the documentary, she started wondering herself why she wears the veil and ends up taking it off... So in the end, she gives the impression that even a Muslim who wears it out of free choice (like she did) is really doing it for her husband or for following the norm of what a Muslim woman wears (which is pretty much what she discovered). From what my co-worker said about the interview, she made herself seem so confused about whether hijab was part of Islam or just culture, all while trying to explain that it was religious...

Great... more reasons for non-Muslims to think they have the right to ask a woman to remove her hijab.

16 Comentários:

LK said...

Hmmmm now I want to see it. Did she mention what country the woman lives in?

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

I'm going to look for this documentary. I think some people end up going back and forth with covering at different stages too, and I know this can be confusing for others to understand.

ZimimeXoxo said...

What is it with people taking off hijabs and quitting this deen :S just today my friend took it off and my favorite youtuber quit this deen. Ya allah. There is this hadith : prophet (saw)" There will come a time when holding on to your Iman (belief) would be like holding on to hot coal".

:S C'est trop triste voir des trucs comme ça arriver :(

Candice said...

It's actually a Quebecker (Canadian) like me. The documentary is in French and probably will not be translated... You might be able to find subtitles since anyone can subtitle a thing if they want to. So don't search for my English title, it was actually just a translation by me, not the English title...

Stacy: I understand it can be confusing... But it sounded like she started the documentary to show her daughter what is hijab and encourage her to wear it herself. She had been wearing it for 12 years herself.

Zimime: Je me demande tellement c'est qui cette bloguese Australienne qui a quitte' l'Islam! Personne ose epeller son nom! Je suis trop curieuse!

About this documentary woman, btw, she is still Muslim... She wears hijab for mosque and occaisions... She seems to have changed her position on hijab only, but she still has very positive ideas about it I think. I need to see the documentary though, I am talking like I know when I've only heard *about* it.

ZimimeXoxo said...

Ahaha, C'est Kim , la youtubeuse KimDonesia. Je regardais pas souvent c'est video mais c'est quand même elle qui m'a inspiré à me renseigner sur l'islam. Je suis née musulmane mais je n'ai jamais été pratiquante. Il y a 1 ans je suis tombé sur une de ses vidéos... Je me demandais pourquoi elle pratiquait l'islam mieux que moi -- Et me voilà aujourd'hui c'est difficile à croire qu'elle n'est plus musulmane. Sniff sniff.

Bref, ou je pourrais voir ce documentaire ? :)

ZimimeXoxo said...

*ses vidéos

trop de fautes grammaticales :S ahaha.

Aynur said...

Huh, interesting.
Like Stacy said, some people go back and forth with covering - I've seen it with a few converts that I know.

Candice said...

Zimime! C'est Kimdonesia pour vrai?! J'ai pensé a elle... Australienne, youtube, quelqu'un a utilisé le mot "phenomene"... Elle est TRES populaire et je connais aucune convertie d'aussi connue qu'elle. Wow, c'est surprenant, vraiment! J'peux meme pas comprendre, elle semblait tres dediée a l'Islam il y a juste quoi, une semaine ou deux?

caraboska said...

Oui, oui, mais apres quelqu'un dans la famille est mort et elle est tombe dans une depression et a commence a questionner sa foi et... voila le resultat. Ca c'est un resume de la video YouTube qu'elle a publiee recemment...

http://lifeaccording2kim.blogspot.com

Anisah said...

Salam alaykom.. I sometimes don't get a chance to post comments on every blog u do... but I do read them!!
just wanted to say.. u know what I would've said to ur co-worker?
Well.. in any religion.. there is always something to learn. What's most important is that one tries to learn. That everyone has their different levels in understanding and practicing.Its personal between you and God only. Even in Christianity.. or any other religion there is never complete understanding.
:P so there lol

haven't listened to the doc. yet.. but I would have to say.. for a convert here. it is very difficult to wear Hijab. If it was this Muslim's choice to take it off, it's between her and God. Just because one doesn't wear one, doesn't mean she isn't pious in some other way. Wearing hijab is NOT a way to measure one's faith. It's a personal choice for personal reasons. point final :)

Candice said...

Anisah: This is pretty much what I told her. Just because a person is Muslim does not mean she perfectly understands everything in the religion. Same as any person who is part of a Church.

And yes, I know it can be very difficult to wear hijab here... And it's her choice to take it off. It's perfectly fine. But it's all so public! Educated, knowledgable, convinced people need to be public about it to help non-Muslims understand. Not people struggling and unsure.

Jade said...

I just heard an interview on the CBC program "c'est la vie". The interview was with the woman who was the subject of the film "je porte le voile". In the interview, she repeatedly stated that it was her choice whether or not she wore the veil. She is fortunate that in Canada, she can make that decision. Iranian and Saudi Arabian women do not have that choice. To adherents of Islam, the hijab may be seen as a sign of devotion to god. To me, the hijab is a symbol of the pervasive misogyny and patriarchy of Abrahamic thought and tradition.

Candice said...

If that's what hijab is to you, I hope you don't still wear it.

Natasha said...

Assalamu Aleikom,

My name is Natasha Ivisic and im the co-director and main character of the documentary Je porte le voile. Thank you for your interest. We do have a english version that im trying to get it out. Also, if you live in Montreal, Canada, the movie is being shown at the Rendez-vous du cinema quebecois on feb 26th @ 19h30... at the cinema ONF. http://www.rvcq.com/festival/programmation/films/343/je-porte-le-voile

You can also join the Facebook page Je porte le voile

Thank you

Natasha

Candice said...

Glad to see you! I really do hope to see the documentary. I'm not very far from Montreal but it's unlikely I'd be able to go next week...

Hopefully there'll be another occaision because I realize I posted this just based on what I saw and heard, and not based on the documentary itself.

Veronicaa said...

Hi do u know where I can watch this documentary Online?

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