A wonderfully told coming-of-age story, "Hala" is actually a proof-of-concept short for a feature length film. Here's hoping we can see more "Hala" soon. Before interviewing Senator Warren, the TV host makes it clear who is spreading lies about the outbreak. If a car can go up a 1-mile hill at 15 MPH, how fast must it go down the hill to average 30 MPH over the course of the trip?
I left Morocco more than 15 years ago. With the years and the distance, I have surely forgotten quite how difficult it is to live without the freedoms that have become so natural to me. I am Moroccan and, in Morocco, Muslim laws apply to me, whatever my personal relationship with the religion. I learned that I could not be homosexual, have an abortion or cohabit. If I were to have a child without being married, I could face criminal charges and my child would have no legal status; they would be a bastard. Born of an unknown father, the child will be a societal outcast and subject to social and economic exclusion. To avoid this exclusion and not risk arrest for an extramarital relationship, hundreds of women abandon children born outside wedlock.
It was the year-old girl wearing a hijab, who spoke about feminism at Glastonbury, who first took my breath away. In front of thousands of muddy concert goers, she noted she was probably the only overtly Muslim person present. She spoke about living in a world where the odds are still stacked against women. Those same odds are even more heavily stacked against Muslim women: employment discrimination, Islamophobia, social stereotyping and cultural expectations add to the challenges they face. Like their peers, these young Muslim women are very much the selfie generation. Fashion, consumerism and online communities play a powerful role in their lives. And while feminism is undergoing a digitally-driven revival - faith is increasingly unfashionable, at least in the West. I wanted to explore whether it was different to grow up young, Muslim and female today — which resulted in a BBC Radio 4 documentary entitled: Hip in a Hijab.
My parents, little sister, and I were watching Jarhead for our family movie night. While Jarhead seems like an odd choice for a family movie, it made sense for ours. My dad loves war flicks and I was a year-old girl in love with Jake Gyllenhaal. In the beginning of the film, there was some strong and foul language — much of it very sexual. So we kept watching. Until suddenly there was a flashback and Jake was butt-naked pounding his movie girlfriend against the wall. We all panicked, but I had to be the savior of this horrid situation. I covered my eyes with my hand and crawled across the floor. When I reached the TV, I turned my face away from the screen to avoid the butt cheeks, and tried to push any button to turn the horror off.