Friday, March 9, 2018
7:00 pm

Co-hosted by St. Catherine University and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.

What if you had to choose between an education and your identity? Many students faced this choice after France implemented the so-called “headscarf ban,” which banned religious symbols from public schools.

Mariam invites us to see through the eyes of a French Muslim teenager who considers wearing the hijab an expression of her personal faith and, by extension, her identity. Removing her veil means compromising that identity. Leaving it on could jeopardize her education and future success.

A rare portrait of the coming-of-age of a Muslim teen, Mariam addresses Islamophobia, the diversity of the Muslim experience, the choice of some Muslim women to wear the hijab, and the assimilation and acceptance of Muslims in the west. Written and directed by Saudi filmmaker and former Washington Post Gulf correspondent Faiza Ambah, the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival.

The 45-minute film, accompanying shorts and discussion are part of the Mizna Arab Film Fest, which invites us to engage with authentic narratives by contemporary Arab filmmakers.

COST:  $10 General Admission$6 Low Income/Senior; Free for students with ID (only available at door)
Registration is through Mizna; follow “Register Now” button above.

About Mizna and Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour:

Mizna is an organization devoted to promoting Arab-American culture, providing a forum for its expression. We value diversity in our community and are committed to giving voice to Arab Americans through literature and art.

Mizna Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour Press Release

Mizna Arab Film Fest 2018 Flyer


Mariam Trailer


LOCATION: Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

INFO: DirectionsCampus Map

Parking: Parking permits not needed on campus between the hours of 5:00 pm and 2:00 am.

Near Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, there are 3 handicapped spaces; their availability cannot be determined in advance.

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