When hijabs provoke insults and mosques are under attack, what does it mean to be 14 and Muslim in Canada?


World Broadcast Premiere on CBC Docs POV

Friday, September 21, 2018
at 9:00 PM (9:30 PM NT)

Special FREE Screening with Filmmakers and Film Participants in honour of Islamic Heritage Month in Toronto on October 15, 2018 @ The Isabel Bader Theatre

When hijabs provoke insults and mosques are under attack, what does it mean to be 14 and Muslim in Canada? This one-hour documentary follows Sahar, Malaieka and Ahmad as they make the transition from a private Islamic elementary school to high school. Will they and their family choose the familiar – though some might say insular – confines of Islamic High School? Or will they opt for a public or even Catholic high school and enter a new, less familiar world?

Shot over six months, we follow our kids as they navigate new worlds andtake their first tentative steps towards adulthood. Through the wide eyes of those still forming what it means to be a person in the world, we begin to understand the dilemma facing many Muslim kids here in Canada.

As they take us on their journey revealing fears, anxieties, hopes and dreams, their story moves from the familiar to the strange, from the known to the unknown and unfolds against a larger backdrop -- that of a western world that seems to be increasingly turning against them. Up-close and personal, 14 & Muslim looks at how ideas of diversity and tolerance play out in the Canadian classroom.

In honour of Islamic Heritage Month, a Special Free screening of the documentary will be held in Toronto at the Isabel Bader Theatre on October 15th at 7:00 pm with filmmakers, film participants, and issue experts in attendance for a panel discussion. The event will be presented in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Tessellate Institute and the TDSB Islamic Heritage Month Planning Committee. Special event screenings will also take place in select GTA schools during the month of October.


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Produced in Association with CBC
with the Participation of the Canada Media Fund
and the Assistance of Rogers Telefund,
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
and Ontario Media Development Corporation Tax Credit Program.