Mississauga-made film raises awareness about Muslim women’s dress

The 2.35-minute long Can you hear me? was posted on YouTube on March 21 and within weeks it attracted more than 1,100 viewers.

“I think that’s a pretty good response,” said Shazia Javed, the film’s director and producer. “Most of Muslim women are currently in the news for making their choice of wearing. One of them was denied hearing in the court in Quebec because she was wearing a hijab. Now there have been talks of banning niqab during citizenship ceremonies.”

Javed comes from a filmmaking background in India and currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Film at York University…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That “film” was like reading a rebuke of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, written by a slave.

  • Surele Surele

    Maybe I can hear you, but I can’t see you. There is no conversation. You can see my face, my expression… can’t say the same about you. Are you even there?

  • DD_Austin

    If the Americans wanted to burn York again, would you say “NO”?

    • Frau Katze


    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Oh come on, it not like you Canucks don’t enjoy an occasional foray into a bit of arson as well.

      • Rama44

        150 Years since the end of the Civil War any acknowledgement from the golfer?

      • eMan14

        Always that Whitehouse incident!

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I know!
          World’s longest undefended border for almost 200-years, but burn the White House just once…

          • Blacksmith

            I am not sure it isn’t time for a do-over.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    I’m sure others can attest to this…..

    One thing that makes this recent spate of ‘hooray for the niqab’ stories harder to swallow is living in a neighbourhood where you ‘interact’ with niqab-wearers on a daily basis.

    The niqab is a mask and has no place in Canada.

    Sorry, Ms. Javed.

    Sorry to you too, CBC…..

    Here’s a five and a half minute pro-niqab story that the CBC ran last week.
    (Video at link)

    I’m not sure if my favourite part is the awkward three-kiss greeting between the niqabi and a Non-muslim woman at a business function, or the absurdity of the CBC lamenting that there’s no place for the the niqabi to pray at the business function she is attending.


    • Kathy Prendergast

      Eeuuw…being kissed (three times!) by a woman in a niqab? Those things must be crawling with germs.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Are there any places at the business function for Christians or Jews to pray? What’s wrong with just praying silently, in your head? Or in the bathroom? There’s an idea…combine the Muslim prayer space with the bathroom; they’re already provided with special foot-washing devices anyway. Then they can do their ablutions and their prayers in the same space! Problem solved. Just remember to flush.

  • canminuteman

    Can you hear me? No, if you have a bag over your head I cannot hear you.

  • SDMatt

    Excuse my French, but to paraphrase Tarek Fatah the niqab is Islam’s way of saying “fuck off” to the kaffir.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It really is the equivalent of wearing an S.S. uniform, or a Klan robe AND DEMANDING RESPECT for doing so.

      “Look at me!
      I have the courage to wear the uniform of your oppressor and prospective butcher!”

    • Canadian

      Nice accent!

  • Martin B

    On the bright side, the comments at the Brampton Guardian are 100% common sense.

  • eMan14

    A York film student supports Islamic misogyny… what a surprise.

  • Barrington Minge

    No, can’t hear you and don’t see you either……

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Unless I’m required to do so at my job, or if it’s a life-or-death situation, an accident, or a lost child, for example, I refuse to interact with any person (I won’t say “woman”, because how the hell am I supposed to know?) wearing a niqab. Facial expressions such as smiles are extremely important social cues. The fact that you can see my face but I can’t see yours puts us on unequal social footing, and that is not acceptable to me. Your niqab does not say “I am pure”; it says “Go away.” So don’t blame us for reading the message loud and clear.

    • Viewer from afar

      Anyone who wears the garb of a grim reaper is communicating pretty loudly and clearly without speaking.