A fashion-savvy lawyer feels pressured to give up her flashy lifestyle and become a “good” Muslim mother.
Filmed over 5 years, Muneeza in the Middle is the story of a 2nd generation Muslim trying to reconcile her religious values with her cultural and western values. Her religion urges modesty in all facets of life, but she's a confident, beautiful, outspoken and successful lawyer who also turns heads with her piercings, fitted clothing, and cosmetic enhancements.
Muneeza is also a devout worshiper. Is the fight to keep her own identity justified? Does the religion create a double standard? These are some of the questions that torment Muneeza once she becomes a mother. She wants to change for her daughter, but not lose herself. Muneeza’s story will resonate with every woman who has become a mother.
Director Hoda Elatawi spent five years documenting this fascinating and often ironic struggle between faith, family, fashion, and ultimately, identity. This small look into a much bigger world exposes real tensions between Islam and Western culture – all through seemingly innocuous issues. From wearing nail polish to speaking loudly, her everyday actions reflect a need to make major life choices.
Friends, family and objective experts reveal an even more diverse Muslim community to help round out Muneeza’s story, insisting there’s no harder identity to navigate today than that of a modern Muslim. If that’s true, Muneeza is sure to be a revelation to many people, and relatable to many more.
"I don’t think I recognized how lost I was until right now. It’s unbelievable. I don’t even recognize myself.” – Muneeza Sheikh
Episodes : 1
Runtime : 60 min
Definition : HD
Production Company : A GAPC Entertainmentt production in association with the documentary channel
YOP : 2014
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