Neglected Voices


Category: Film
Description: Four short films about Muslim youth and marginalization
Project Sponsors: Olive Tree Foundation, MENTORS
Launch Date: February 2012 

Muslim youth are often at the forefront of international public debate, analysis, and scrutiny. What is often missing from these discourses are the voices of young Muslims themselves. Neglected Voices presents four short films about Muslim youth who are risk of being marginalized, representing different ethnic groups that face divergent challenges in Canadian society.

These short “point of view” style films help young Muslims explain, in their own words, what it is like to be a Canadian growing up in the prevailing culture of Islamophobia and negative stereotypes.

The films were directed by Jawad Jafry.

JUNE 2016 UPDATE: The Tessellate Institute has also produced a curriculum pack for grades 7-12 to accompany these videos for use in the classrooms, as a resource for educators to discuss themes of empathy, resilience, and positive identity, among others. Read more here.

Boonaa Mohammed

Ahmed Saleh

Fatima Ahmed


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