A Trilogy on Gender and Islam
After 9/11 Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, a Turkish-Norwegian filmmaker, decided to
make a trilogy about gender and Islam. Her intention was not to defend or explain
it, but rather to show the different sub-cultures within and various interpretations
“Gender” was the key concept in her quest into the mystery of Islam. The first
documentary, Gender Me, about Islam and homosexuality, was released in 2008.
The sequel, A Balloon for Allah, about women and Islam, followed in 2011. Her third
installment, Manislam, is about the power, privileges and burdens of masculinity.
About the #gendereducator workshop
In our #gendereducator workshops, we use the trilogy of films to create a new
understanding of Islam and gender. After the film screening, the audience is divided
into groups to work on assignments that relate to events in the film and overall
themes. These assignments challenge participants to think and interpret in new
ways, and to create something new. At the end of the workshop all the groups will
present a five-minute-long skit, presentation, etc.