The filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed discusses her film Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan, which premieres Thursday, 10 May 2012 at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
Everything you wanted to know about the burqa can be gleaned from a new documentary Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan. The movie premieres this Thursday, May 10th at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival; 7.00pm at the Empire Granville 7 Cinema. Its director Brishkay Ahmed joins me now to talk about this movie, a personal journey she took to determine the origin and effect of the burqa on Afghan women, its society and culture, Islam at large, and her own sense of being. She travels to Afghanistan, talks to cultural and religious historians, makers of burqas and others to find out what they think of the burqa. She travels to Holland to a museum to find out what the history of the garment is; as well does a social experiment having someone wear the burqa on the corner of Davie and Thurlow here in Vancouver. Brishkay Ahmed has film and television programming here in Canada and in Afghanistan. Her film Reclaiming Rights premiered at DOXA in 2010. The website for more is at www.chitchatproductions.ca. You can get more info on DOXA at www.DOXAfestival.ca. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Brishkay Ahmed; Ms. Ahmed, good morning.