The ANIMATED SHORT
The Four Hijabs
WRITTEN by Jamil Khoury WITH DR. MANAL HAMZEH
Directed by Liz Wuerffel
Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy
Released in 2016, The Four Hijabs is an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses and interprets them through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses:
⚬ the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women)
⚬ the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces)
⚬ the ethical hijab (ethical values/practices required of all Muslims)
⚬ the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge)
The Four Hijabs is an entertaining and accessible opportunity to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.
Inspired by ideas in Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book Pedagogies of DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse (Information Age Publishing, 2012) and adapted into a screenplay by Jamil Khoury, The Four Hijabs builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi.