Activities & off-campus events

Mariam Showing – Mizna Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour

Friday, March 9, 2018

7:00 PM

Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall

This event is co-hosted by St. Catherine University and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.

What if you had to choose between an education and your identity? Many students faced this choice after France implemented the so-called "headscarf ban," which banned religious symbols from public schools.

Mariam invites us to see through the eyes of a French Muslim teenager who considers wearing hijab, an expression of her personal faith and, by extension, her identity. Removing her veil means compromising that identity. Leaving it on could jeopardize her education and future success.

A rare portrait of the coming-of-age of a Muslim teen, Mariam addresses Islamophobia, the diversity of the Muslim experience, the choice of some Muslim women to wear the hijab, and the assimilation and acceptance of Muslims in the West. Written an directed by Saudi filmmaker and former Washington Post Gulf correspondent, Faiza Ambah, the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at 2015 Dubai International Film festival.

The 45-minute film, accompanying shorts and discussion are part of the Mizna Arab Film Fest, which invites us to engage with authentic narratives by contemporary Arab filmmakers.


$10 General Admission; $6 Low Income/Senior; Free for students, faculty, and staff with ID (only available at door)


Contact the St. Catherine University Theology Department for more information.