What are the differences between media representations of Muslim women and reality? City Visions speaks with a panel of Muslim women artists from the Bay Area to learn how they are challenging stereotypes - through their art and in how they live.
Zahra Noorbakhsh, a writer, performer, and comedian whose most recent show was All Atheists are Muslim. She has performed at the SF Theater Festival, the Solo Performance Workshop Festival, and is one-third of the troupe DISoriented, a trio of Asian-American performers who tour the U.S.
Samina Ali, an author whose novel Madras on Rainy Days was awarded the Prix Premier Roman Etranger 2005 Award in France. She is the cofounder of Daughters of Hajar, a Muslim American feminist organization and has a blog on The Huffington Post. Additionally, she is the curator of Muslima: Muslim Women's Arts & Voices, an online exhibition of the International Museum of Women.
Asya Abdrahman, an artist and entrepreneur who explores the relationship between culture, human rights, and environmental protection. She was born in what is now Ethiopia and considers herself a second generation feminist. Her studio is in the Industrial Building in Sausalito and her work is featured in Muslima: Muslim Women's Arts & Voices, an online exhibition of the International Museum of Women.
Producer: Wendy Holcombe