My parents, little sister, and I were watching Jarhead for our family movie night. While Jarhead seems like an odd choice for a family movie, it made sense for ours. My dad loves war flicks and I was a year-old girl in love with Jake Gyllenhaal. In the beginning of the film, there was some strong and foul language — much of it very sexual. So we kept watching. Until suddenly there was a flashback and Jake was butt-naked pounding his movie girlfriend against the wall.
A wonderfully told coming-of-age story, "Hala" is actually a proof-of-concept short for a feature length film. Here's hoping we can see more "Hala" soon. Before interviewing Senator Warren, the TV host makes it clear who is spreading lies about the outbreak. If a car can go up a 1-mile hill at 15 MPH, how fast must it go down the hill to average 30 MPH over the course of the trip? Don't ask us. Next time you play keep-up with a ping pong ball and paddle, remember that you'll never defeat the Octo-Bouncer. We're about to have a panic attack just seeing this woman buried face-first in feet of snow, but luckily skier Will Fields stayed calm and was able to rescue his friend. Imagine being arrested for a crime you did not commit. You eventually get your day in court, but before you can present your case, prosecutors call a witness who has a damning story to tell. It's a fellow inmate from the jail who claims he heard you confess to committing the crime — and it's a lie.
It was the year-old girl wearing a hijab, who spoke about feminism at Glastonbury, who first took my breath away. In front of thousands of muddy concert goers, she noted she was probably the only overtly Muslim person present. She spoke about living in a world where the odds are still stacked against women. Those same odds are even more heavily stacked against Muslim women: employment discrimination, Islamophobia, social stereotyping and cultural expectations add to the challenges they face. Like their peers, these young Muslim women are very much the selfie generation. Fashion, consumerism and online communities play a powerful role in their lives. And while feminism is undergoing a digitally-driven revival - faith is increasingly unfashionable, at least in the West.
I left Morocco more than 15 years ago. With the years and the distance, I have surely forgotten quite how difficult it is to live without the freedoms that have become so natural to me. I am Moroccan and, in Morocco, Muslim laws apply to me, whatever my personal relationship with the religion. I learned that I could not be homosexual, have an abortion or cohabit. If I were to have a child without being married, I could face criminal charges and my child would have no legal status; they would be a bastard.