now playing at select festivals

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blue veil

Experimental   |  6 min  |  2021  |  HD

Audio language: Spanish  Subtitles language: English  Audio Description: LINK

Amina struggles with the gaze of Islamophobia, from surveillance to the 24-hour news cycle, until she discovers and begins sampling her mother’s tapes. The songs reflect her parent's migration stories and serve as a roadmap to her identity. Through the intersection of music and memory, this hybrid film blurs the lines between surveillance and archival repair. It is indiscernible to know “who is watching who,” but in a world that is watching, Amina chooses how she sees herself.

Dedicated to my ancestors, loved ones  

and a generation of youth silenced by 

Islamophobia. This is a prayer for the 

hearts surveilled. May our truth(s) breathe.

Credits:

In order of apperance

Marina Ochoa

Etzel Ochoa

Kari Ramírez

Carlos Ortez

Ismael Salazar-Lopez

 

Writer, Director, Editor 

Cinematography 

Shireen Alihaji

 

Producer

Jaime Ballesteros

 

Camera Operator

Jaime Ballesteros

Ernesto Calixto

 

Sound Designer

Estevan Carlos Benson

 

Score

Shireen Alihaji

 

Soundtrack

"Amina"

Estevan Carlos Benson

 

"Blue Prayer"

Shireen Alihaji

 

"Crickets"

Bernabé Bolaños

 

"Recordaré / In My Name" Remix

Bernabé Bolaños

Shireen Alihaji

 

Title Art 

Bernabé Bolaños

 

Subtitles

Sofi Alihaji

Phoenix DCP

 

Dedicated to my ancestors, loved ones  

and a generation of youth silenced by 

Islamophobia. 

 

This is a prayer for the 

hearts surveilled. 

 

May our truth(s) breathe.

With Support From

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Blue Veil Films

Women in Film

Respectability

The Gotham

Este Archives

Multimedia Militia 

Empowered Stories

Mila Lazarevic

Dina Provatas

Wscripted

Acknowledgments

I wanted to give gratitude to work that has profoundly shaped my artistic practice. 

Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop 

in the United States

Umi's Archive

Dr. Philip Butler

Black Transhuman Liberation Theology

Vigilant Love 

Services Not Surveillance

 

Barry Jenkins 

The Gaze

 

W.E.B Du Bois 

The Souls of  Black Folk

 

Frantz Omar Fanon 

Algeria Unveiled

 

The Counter-Memorias 

Oral History Project

 

Studio Museum Harlem

Memories for the Future

 

Isabelle Hui Saldaña

Archival Repair: Shaping Collective History as Collective Future