Introducing our very first trailer for the DUNYA series: the Pursuit of Modesty.
In this first video, the intersection of modesty and the material world is examined. There is a whole conversation within the Muslim community surrounding what exactly it means to be both modest and fashionable. is this a contradiction? Is there such a thing as “too fashionable”, and if so, what is it doing to Muslim communities? Where are Muslims drawing the line? What does the future hold for Muslims in Western countries as they attempt to feel both culturally and religiously authentic?
We’ve just published our very first video: From Chicago, This is Damascus.
Wafa Zarzour and her son Khaled fled Syria in the summer of 2012 for Chicago, where Wafa’s daughter Hadia lives. They have since found themselves effectively stranded and unable to return. Now refugees far away from home, we take a small peak into their attempts to retain a facade of normalcy and routine. Wafa finds some solace in learning English and making friends, but Khaled finds it hard to cope, dealing with strong feelings of shame and regret.
The title of the short echoes the famous “From Damascus…this is Cairo!” tagline (is this the right word…), frequently used by Syrian broadcast agencies reporting on events occurring in Egypt during the 1956 Arab-Israeli war. Egyptian broadcasting had been more or less silenced by French and British fighter jets, and so this line came to symbolize solidarity and strength across borders.
"How do you not judge? You have to realize that your opinion does not matter when it comes to other people. Who are you? Why does it matter what you think or how you feel about what somebody else is doing?
That is totally between them and God. God is the one that’s going to judge them.
The only thing that you’re end up doing by judging others, is confusing yourself.”
-Afshan Qureshi, in our upcoming documentary film The Pursuit of Modesty
THE GENERATION OF CLOTHES
Featured on Dawn.com
With seven stores countrywide, Generation is a household name when it comes to women’s fashion in Pakistan. Playing true to its name, Generation strives to serve one generation of women after another, with sincerity. Unlike other garments which underwent mass-production, its clothes are dyed, screen-printed and embroidered by hand. Here’s a look at the design process in Generation’s factory on Ferozepur Road in Lahore. -Text and photos by Nushmia Khan