By Brishkay Ahmed
Sound: CJ McGillivray
Set: Kimira Bhikum
Costumes: Melicia Zaini
Lights: Harika Xu
Stage Manager: Samantha Pawliuk
Zaynab - Peri Allan
Khadeja - Balinder Johal
Fatima - Talietha Sangha
Hafsa - Yasmin Tayob
Aisha - Sabrina Vellani
‘In the midst of war, a multigenerational group of women take refuge inside a burqa boutique that's free from political allegiances.’
Somewhere in the region of the Middle East/Central Asia - sometime in our recent past - a civil war erupts in a country held together by opposing ideologies. A multigenerational group of women get caught in the middle as the Brother’s Republic Party and the Sons of Jihad clash. The women find refuge inside a burqa boutique that separates the nation into two distinct districts; the District of Noor and the District of Tariq.
The boutique provides a necessary service, hijab for women and girls crossing into Tariq and purchasing hijab from women and girls moving into Noor. Hijab is mandatory in Tariq, hijab is banned in Noor. Suddenly both the women of Noor and the women of Tariq are made to confront the realities of the past and make decisions for their future.
While the men battle for gold and copper, the women debate over identity and faith. Through one long night, Aisha, Hafsa, Zaynab, Khadeja, and Fatima consider their identities, as formed and framed by political parties, while a radio carries them through the battle.
Promotional picture by: David Markwei Productions
Production photos by: Jayda Paige Photography
Cover of the Georgia Straight from May 2012 for the Premiere of Brishkay Ahmed’s Documentary Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan