Mariam

  • Global Citizen

    • May 19, 2016

    This powerful new film asks: What if you had to choose between an education and your identity.



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  • Saudi filmmaker Faiza Ambah joins Tanya Rivero to discuss her film, "Mariam," which tells the story of a young woman who must decide between wearing a hijab or get expelled from school.

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  • Faiza Ambah joins HuffPost Live to discuss her critically-acclaimed film, "Mariam." Her film tells the story of a veiled Muslim teenager who must decide between keeping her hijab, or getting expelled from school in France.
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  • Teen Vogue

    • Jan 27, 2016

    Mariam, by Saudi filmmaker Faiza Ambah, had already generated buzz when it made its debut at the Dubai International Film Festival last month. The film follows the story of one teen — Mariam, played by 20-year-old French actress Oulaya Amamra — as she comes to grips with the harsh reality of being a young Muslim woman in France, where religious symbols like the headscarf have been prohibited in schools since 2004.

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  • Muslim Girl

    • Jan 26, 2016

    As the first female Saudi journalist to work in Arab News’ all-male newsroom in the late 1980s, Faiza Ambah knows how it feels when the state and cultural norms force a woman to wear the hijab, even if she does not believe in it. But as much as she is against coercing Muslim women into hijab, she opposes forcing them to take it off.
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  • The Independent

    • Dec 27, 2015

    Faiza Ambah, a Saudi Arabian journalist and film-maker, does not wear the hijab – and even in cosmopolitan Dubai, it’s noticeable. Her long, thick, curly brown hair frames her face as she says, between sips of tea, “I don’t believe in it, I don’t wear it, I don’t believe Islam tells us to wear it. But if you think God wants you to wear it, or if it just makes you feel better, then it’s your right as a woman to do that.”

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