“Touching and humanizing. … An illuminating glimpse into the lives of a set of Muslim women and the role of the Hijab in their lives (whether they choose to wear it or not). Great filmmaking and I appreciate the courage of the women profiled.” – Stuart from Oregon State University
Claire Nicolas, Associate Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Nebraska -Lincoln conducted a post-screening survey on the impact of Between Allah & Me.
The result was astonishing. The film truly helped the students understand the belief, culture and diversity of Muslim women and their community.
Awards / Special Mentions:
- Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival
- Award or Merit, Accolade Global Film Competition
- Featured Filmmaker, Princeton Independent Film Festival
- Reel Rose Award Nominee, Best Documentary, Rhythm of Life Award, John Paul II Interfaith Film Festival (award to be announced)
- Award Nominee, International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion, Visionary (award to be announced)
- Global Peace Film Festival
- Yorkton Film Festival
- Freedom Film Fest KOMAS
- John Paul II Interfaith Film Festival
- Princeton Independent Film Festival (Featured Filmmaker)
- Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema
- International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion, Visionary
- Director / Producer / Editor / 2nd Camera Kyoko Yokoma
- Cinematographer Robin Lupita Bain
- Sound Recording Mary Wong
- Second Camera: Kyoko Yokoma
- Sound Design: Dwayne Newman
- Length: 60 min.
- Format: HD
- Production Year: 2015
Video Librarian, a leading review magazine in the United States for librarians, recommended Between Allah & Me in its July/August issue.
Here is what the reviewer Kathleen C. Fennessy had to say about the film:
“Toronto filmmaker Kyoko Yokoma interviews four women who wear the hijab in this nonjudgmental documentary. Farida, who is of Turkish decent, grew up in Russia at a time when the state discouraged religious expression, so she’s been trying to make up for lost time. She studies the Qur’an and prays five times a day, although her mother doesn’t see the point of the hijab. Farida also trades in her short-sleeved tops and above-the-knee skirts for more modest apparel. When she attended Islamic school as child, Shaila felt like a sinner until her mother bought her a hijab. After wearing it for 20 years, she has now entered politics, and decides that it doesn’t feel right anymore, so she only wears the hijab for special occasions. As she puts it, “I feel that Allah can rad my heart, and that;s what Islam is to me”. At the beginning of the dilm, Naima, a student, believes that wearing the Hijab is the right thing to do — although she isn’t sure the it’s mandatory, since religious scholars disagree on the point —but she comes to the same conclusion as Shaila, and stops wearing it. Since she wore the hijab for four years, those when know her express surprise, but she assures them that her beliefs haven’t changed. Her friend, Sarah, has her mother’s support for wearing the hijab, but her secular father criticizes the practice , calling it a relic from an earlier era. By allowing her subjects to speak for themselves, Yokoma offers viewers who are interested in religion and gender studies much food for thought in this documentary this is sure to provoke discussion. Recommended.”
To celebrate the upcoming official DVD / Streaming release and World Interfaith Harmony Week Feb. 1-7 (EST), we are going to offer everyone to watch the film privately for free for a week. Come back to this website during the week and enjoy the multi-award winning film.
Between Allah & Me (and Everyone Else) is now distributed by Video Kobo AKAME to universities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
The English DVD will be available by the end of January through this website.
Thank you for following the development of our film for long time.
We are happy to offer you a special gift. For the next 3 days, you can finally watch Between Allah & Me (and Everyone Else) and for FREE!
Offer ends on December 27th.
If you like the film, request your local libraries and schools order a copy here.
You can also host a screening. Start here.
DVD will be available in January and your libraries and schools can reserve it through this website.
Production Note is added to this website that reveals the director’s thought and how this compelling film became what it is.
Between Allah & Me has won Just Film Award in San Francisco,
and will be screened early December (3rd or 4th) in Indonesia at Youth Peace Int’l Film Festival.
Between Allah & Me just won International Award of Excellence from International Film Festival Spirituality-Religion-Visionary in Jakarta, Indonesia, the largest Muslim country on earth!
We are excited to announce that Between Allah & Me has been officially selected by two great film festivals in Florida.
- Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando, Florida (see their official website)
- October 10th, 2015, 12pm John Paul II Interfaith Film Festival, Miami, Florida ( see their official website)
BAME won Award of Merit at Accolade Global Film Competition!
This is the second film award in one month!
See more details about the competition and award on the Press Release.
Between Allah & Me (And Everyone Else) won the Golden Sheaf Award in the multicultural category at Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America.
The director Kyoko Yokoma accepted the award at Yorkton Film Festival on May 24th at award gala.
See Press for the press release.
Between Allah & Me (and Everyone Else), a documentary film directed by Kyoko Yokoma, has been nominated for a prestigious Golden Sheaf Award in the multicultural category at Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America.
The festival will be held from Mary 21 to 25.
Press Kit and Poster are available for free downloads. Go check PRESS.
We received an official endorsement from National Council of Canadian Muslim Women (NCCM)!
“Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) shares the experiences of four diverse Canadian Muslim women and their varied relationships with the Islamic headscarf (hijab). Filmmaker Kyoko Yokoma effortlessly provides a cinematic platform for these outspoken individuals to share their viewpoints with honesty, candour, and humour. The film offers audiences of all faiths and backgrounds a rare opportunity to learn more about a religious observance that has been politicized, romanticized, condemned and embraced around the world. A welcome addition to the slowly emerging narratives of Canadian Muslim women!”
-Amira Elghawaby, Communication Director, National Council of Canadian Muslim Women (NCCM)
I and Naima, one of the film’s participant who lives in Richmond Hill, met Zarzour Kim, a wonderful journalist for Richmond Hill Liberal last Thursday.
The paper published a FULL-PAGE about the film project and fundraising campaign.Liberal Article:
We have launched an Indie Go Go Campaign to give a finishing touch to the film.
To support and get a deal, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/documentary-on-hijab/
Any amount is very much appreciated.
The Trailer of Between Allah and Me will be played on a big screen for a trailer competition.
Date & Time: May 29th, 2013, 5:30 PM
Event: Multimedia Film Festival of York Region
Location: Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Crescent, New Market, Ontario
A rough cut of Between Allah and Me is available for screening through Doc Shop at HotDocs International Documentary Film Festival for registered industry representatives.
I found this nothing but beautiful.