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Have you seen a burqa lately? This blue garment and her cousin versions, known worldwide as Islamic religious traditions covering women entirely, are being exposed. In her first feature documentary, Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan, Afghan-Canadian filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed unveils the burqa's mysterious origin from palace harems to the choice of fashionistas, to being a weapon of psychological warfare.

Though it has now been banned in parts of Europe, Ahmed proves the burqa's current use as a political tool manipulating Afghan women, and reveals its other strange functions by spies, suicide bombers, and even sports fans.

"Story of Burqa is the unknown story of Afghanistan," Ahmed says. "I want Afghan women to stop wearing burqas. They have been lied to! We cannot progress with it!" The film uses stock footage - most of which was banned or hidden during the Taliban reign - and interviews with brave and knowledgeable experts. This film, which took Ahmed two years to complete, shines a light on the dark reality of the burqa.

The world premiere of the film is part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival's Making Waves Spotlight on Canadian Women in Documentary and takes place Thursday May 10, 7pm at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Singer Mozhdah Jamalzadah, known as "the Oprah of Afghanistan," will perform a song after the screening.


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