Film Info: “Jilbab: A Documentary on the Indonesian Woman’s Headscarf”. Directed by Jenn Lindsay, 2011. Various lengths, from a focused 20 minute version to a more complex, 50 minute version.
Distributor: Jenn Lindsay (www.jennlindsay.com) Downloadable preview posted on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/31991952
Film Summary: In Jogjakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim women’s headscarf is distinctively colorful, fashionable, fun and expressive. What are the dreams and commitments behind the choice to veil or not to veil? JILBAB, a documentary named after the Indonesian word for the Muslim hijab, is about veiling trends for women in the city of “Jogja.” It features students from Universitas Gadjah Madah, designers of local women’s fashion boutiques,and Muslim women from outside of Indonesia speaking about the significance of veiling (or not veiling), veiling ideology and fashion, and the history of veiling in Islam. This film explores uniquely Javanese Islam, its unmistakable religious aesthetics, and what the jilbab suggests in an Indonesian context as opposed to Middle Eastern, North American or European Muslim contexts.