Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the film “Wadjda.

As someone who has an academic background in Gender and Women’s Studies and who has studied and written about how people in the West should discuss women’s issues abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film about a young girl in modern-day Saudi Arabia that didn’t feature horrific and gruesome violence against women. Continue reading Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”

I’d been hearing about “The World Before Her”¬†and had been wanting to see it for a while, so I’m glad I finally took the time to sit down and watch it. The documentary juxtaposes two different lifestyles for young women in India: a more conservative, traditional lifestyle of young women in a Hindu nationalist training camp, and the second of young women competing in the Miss India beauty pageant. The conflict in lifestyles put India at a crossroads: should it embrace or resist Westernization (in terms of consumerism and beauty ideals)? Continue reading Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”