blue veil

Experimental   |  6 min  |  2021  |  HD

Audio language: Spanish  Subtitles language: English  Audio Description: available

In the wake of 9/11, a First-Gen Muslim teenager discovers her mother’s record collection. The songs reflect her parent's migration stories to America, and serve as a roadmap to Amina’s identity. As music unlocks memories, Amina remembers who she.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.


In order of apperance

Marina Ochoa

Etzel Ochoa

Kari Ramírez

Carlos Ortez

Ismael Salazar-Lopez


Writer, Director, Editor 


Shireen Alihaji



Jaime Ballesteros


Camera Operator

Jaime Ballesteros

Ernesto Calixto


Sound Designer

Estevan Carlos Benson



Shireen Alihaji




Estevan Carlos Benson


"Blue Prayer"

Shireen Alihaji



Bernabé Bolaños


"Recordaré / In My Name" Remix

Bernabé Bolaños

Shireen Alihaji


Title Art 

Bernabé Bolaños



Sofi Alihaji

Phoenix DCP

With Support From:

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Blue Veil Films

Xilitla Labs

Multimedia Militia 

Este Archives

Mila Lazarevic

Dina Provatas



[10] NOFF 2022

[9] PFF 2022


[7] NYLFF 2022

[6] COAXIAL 2022

[5] LALIFF 2022

[4] PHLAFF 2022

[3] SFFILM 2022

[2] MENAFF 2021

[1] MIFF 2021


This short film is a proof of concept for the feature length script Blue Veil.

The feature script was accepted to the Black List X Muslim List,  Cannes List (Wscripted), Sundance Institute Latine Scholarship, NALIP Latino Media Market, published in the The Blue Print for Muslim Inclusion (Pillars Fund, Riz Ahmed / Left Handed Films, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative) and nominated for the Cassian Elwes x Sundance Fellowship and The Chinonye Chukwu Emerging Writer Award. It became a SFFILM Rainin Grant Finalist, featured in The Reframe Resource and received Special Jury Recognition at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The project has been workshopped through The Gotham’s Owning it Challenges, Athena Writers Lab, Respectability Lab, Women in Film Mentoring program and Empowered Stories.


Feature Length Script and pitch deck available upon request.


I wanted to give gratitude to work that has deeply affirmed and created space for projects like Blue Veil to exist.

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 

The Mixed Fruit Project

Kiki Provatas