American Burqa - Reviews
American Burqa


On Sunday June 6, we had a very successful World Premiere screening of 'American Burqa' at the Gene Siskel film center here in Chicago. This is a note that Barbara Scharres (Director of Programming of THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER) wrote about our film:

World premiere! AMERICAN BURQA
2004, Hossein Khandan and Shahin Yazdani, USA/New Zealand, 84 min.

"Made in Chicago, this imaginative docudrama begins with the premise that three American women will engage in the activities of a normal work day wearing a burqa. The three are Chezere, an African American singer with a day job in an antique mall; Maya, a flamenco dancer who teaches her art on the side; and Renee, a painter who works at a TV station. Each faces challenges that range from the sheer discomfort of the unwieldy garment to the less-than-amused reactions of bosses, co-workers, and friends. In exploring the lives of the three, Khandan and Yazdani go beyond the shock value of the stunt to explore the repercussions of cultural differences less visible to the naked eye. Director Khandan and members of the cast will be present for audience discussion."
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