Fahisha: Queer Muslim Youth

This is an amazing short documentary on queer Muslim youth in New York. I am so glad that the filmmaker, Nabila, is doing this work. \

I love it because it is painfully honest. It breaks down the (false) dichotomy of approaches to queer liberation for Muslims which usually one of two things: 1) you demonize Muslims, call them backwards, and glorify “Western society” a la Irshad Manji or 2) you react to this white liberal feminist crap that tries to argue that Muslim women and queers will be saved only by US imperialism or Zionism, and resort to defending patriarchy and homophobia in the community, in order not to “air dirty laundry” publicly. This video slices through both of those perspectives. The father interviewed is not a black and white patriarch, although he has contradictory ideas. Some of the kids have turned their backs on the Muslim community, and dont want to bother with that mess anymore, which is a legitimate response to their experiences, even though they know that the rest of society doesnt open their arms to queers.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27154101]

You can find more info on it here.



  1. Nabila, awesome documentary. You certainly have a career in filmaking! I am not gay or muslim but thought you captured the situation very well… I loved the interviwees. Keep up the good work.

  2. Fantastic! Thank you!

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