Indonesian feature film “Hijab”

We stumbled across the trailer for an Indonesian film.

While we don’t understand the language, we love that it shows Muslim women in hijab!

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You can watch the trailer below:

According to the youtube page here is the story:

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Hijab story
Except for Anin; Bia, Tata, and Sari are women who are already married and wearing hijab in different styles. Bia, a young designer and a wife of top celebrity chooses to wear fashion hijab. Tata, who is already married to a photographer covers her hair with turban, while Sari is married to a man of Arabic descent and she chooses to wear hijab according to Islamic sharia law. Only Anin who chooses to be free, not wearing hijab and not deciding to get married, yet.

Just like Anin; Bia, Tata, and Sari were independent women in the first place, but after their marriage, they became wives who would always follow everything their husbands says and feel helpless with their own choices.

One day, when the women are on an ‘arisan’ or a social gathering together, Gamal (Sari’s husband) said to them: “all of these women’s arisan are actually husbands’ arisan, because they use our money to run this gathering.” Tata is offended by what he says, and then she asks her 3 best friends to go back to the time when they were still single, as independent women. Unexpectedly, Sari and the girls get very excited about it. Without informing their husbands, they start their business by selling Hijab online. Bia as the designer, Sari maintains the financial records, Tata and Anin as the marketers. In 3 months, their business grows really fast while hijab fashion is becoming a fashion statement in Indonesia. They prove to their husbands that they can be independent like they used to be before marriage and their income suddenly get higher than the men. The husbands feel threatened and their relationship with their families are put to the test. While they are in hard situations between their promising business and the most important people in their lives, what will they choose?

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We love the idea of films being made showing a variety of characters and that they show the Muslim community on screen. Maybe the filmmakers in Indonesia can start exporting these with subtitles?

What do you think?