Me and the Mosque

Me and the Mosque

                                Me and the Mosque
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Using original animation, archival footage and personal interviews, this full-length documentary portrays the multiple relationships Canadian Muslim women entertain with Islam’s place of worship, the mosque. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In North America, a large number of converts are women. Many are drawn to the religion because of its emphasis on social justice and spiritual equality between the sexes. Yet, many mosques force women to pray behind barriers, separate from men, and some do not even permit women to enter the building. Exploring all sides of the issue, the film examines the space – both physical and social – granted to women in mosques across the country.

Me and the Mosque was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.

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Me and the Mosque, Zarqa Nawaz, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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  • réalisateur
    Zarqa Nawaz
  • écriture
    Zarqa Nawaz
  • producteur
    Joe MacDonald
  • producteur exécutif
    Graydon McCrea
    Michael Scott
  • monteur
    Dean Evans
  • prise de vues
    Moira Simpson
  • preneur de son
    Jeff Henschel
  • design des personnages
    Faisal Sethi
  • modèles
    Faisal Sethi
  • animation
    Fazail Lufti
  • monteur de la version hors ligne
    Jackie Dzuba
    Carol Wenaus
  • montage son
    Evan Rust
  • ingénieur mixage
    Evan Rust
  • narrateur
    Zarqa Nawaz
  • monteur en ligne
    Trevor Bennett
  • None
    David Hansen
    Robert Pytlyk
    Victor Vukosavljevic
    Jim Aquila
    John Thronberg
    Mirko Popadic
    Moira Simpson
    Tobias Duggan
    Seaham Elrafihi
    Tracy Evans
    Talking Dog Studios
    Java Post Productions
    Associated Production Music
    Rob Bryanton
    Todd Bryanton
    Tracy Gerlach
  • enregistrement sonore supplémentaire
    Russ Dyck
    Ross Redfern
    Marvin Polanski
    Adam Singer
  • recherchiste
    Naheed Mustafa
    Itrath Syed
  • droits
    Tobias Duggan
  • coordonnateur de production
    Melanie Coad
    Monique Perron
  • commis à la production
    Rolande Petit
  • superviseur de production
    Scott Collins
  • administrateur de programme
    Cyndi Forcand
  • agent, marketing
    Leslie Stafford

  • Rin

    I live in India and in my town women are still not permitted to enter masjids. Some madrassas teach women need to be prayed in a dark room. And we never had any movements from women's part against this biased treatment by Islamic men. And now women here consider masjids as an "only men" place. It's so sad to see all these practices. As for me, I think masjid as a spiritual place, and my society won't even allow me to be a part of it. This film is so good. Thank you so much for this one.

    Rin, 10 Oct 2020
  • JasmineP

    Very good. Very very good. Praise that woman

    JasmineP, 12 Nov 2015
  • alexdavies

    Salam alaikum. We live in east London UK. I am of Polish/Jewish catholic descent and my husband is an Arab. We have large number of small (usually tribal) mosques in our area, which is predominately constructed of Asian Muslims from the sub-continent of India. We do not have mosques with praying facilities for women at all! Forget the curtain. Masjid is off limit zone for women here. Where do these people learn about Islam? You have to be very careful, for many of these people, who come from abroad, bring with themselves a whole luggage of tribal, cultural, and historical (NOT LINKED TO ISLAM AT ALL) backgrounds and these individuals will create divisions, confusions and fall of unity between Muslims. I pray that Allah will bless us with the righteous leaders, knowledgeable teachers and peers, whose hearts are filled with mercy, compassion (FOR ALL CREATION OF GOD - WITHOUT EXCEPTION), people who can only enhance the beauty and purity of Islam, rather than stain it with some tradition or habit that has nothing to do with our religion. Stay strong sister

    alexdavies, 17 Jan 2014
  • SisterHes

    Salaam alaikom, Hello all, While as Muslims we can surely express the beautiful spirit of Islam and teach the West numerous lessons, we would mostly gain from self-introspection. Today, I was denied entrance at the local mosque in Amsterdam, Netherlands where I rush to pray every day so I offer my prayers on time.. skipping on a short 30 minutes lunch break. A man had complained. A women comes to pray… reaching, discretely, face down the separate women prayer room for few minutes. My throat got tighter as I was thinking… I condemn western societies – as French Muslim women wearing my modest hijab – for limiting my God-given rights to practice my religion, today, it is my community that shuts the door of the “house of God” upon my heart. Have we regressed to the point of losing sight of the essential, the core of our prophet(saw)’s teachings and our faith. On this note, I got back to work sad and silent…

    SisterHes, 24 Aoû 2012
  • HatoonALFASSI

    Dear Zarqa, this is a great documentary. Too bad I haven't seen it before. I've been fighting similar attitudes here in Saudi Arabia especially in the Grand Mosque of Makkah and Madinah. Some of my articles were translated into English. Here are the links: and , the second article is were I debate the barrier and argued that the prayer of women from behind barriers is not valid.

    HatoonALFASSI, 5 Jui 2012
  • TaqwaAsh

    As'salamualikum wa Rahmatullah! you should come visit our Masjid in Chicago, Masjid Al-FArooq 8950 S. Stoney Island, where the Imam went Against the congregation and asked for no barriers to be built in the new location with proofs. At the same time he addressed the proper etiquette of the men and women at the masjid. Dress code, lowering of the gaze, etc.

    TaqwaAsh, 29 Déc 2010
  • jmatlin

    Thanks, all. Small technical glitch - it's been fixed and the film is working.

    jmatlin, 30 Aoû 2010
  • Ezz

    It isn't working ?!!!

    Ezz, 30 Aoû 2010
  • grannylin46

    This video is not working.

    grannylin46, 27 Aoû 2010

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