Blue Veil

This short film will screen with other short films in
The Opening Night Block – Block 4 | LAS JEFAS BLOCK
Friday, December 9th at 7pm
Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, California.
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In the wake of 9/11, a First-Gen Muslim teenager discovers her mother’s record collection. The songs reflect her parent’s migration stories to America, and serve as a roadmap to Amina’s identity. As music unlocks memories, Amina remembers who she.

Sampling allows her to unlock and rearrange memories in the present. A dance ensues between the feeling of being watched and watched over, as memories of herself with her family create an oppositional gaze to surveillance.

Through the intersection of music and memory, this hybrid film blurs the lines between surveillance and archival repair (1). It is indiscernible to know “who is watching who,” but in a world that is watching, Amina chooses how she sees herself.

This short is a proof of concept for the feature length script. This project has made it on the Inaugural Cannes List, Black List X Muslim List, Respectability Lab, Athena Writing Workshop, Women in Film Mentoring program, and published in the The Blue Print for Muslim Inclusion (Pillars Fund, Riz Ahmed / Left Handed Films, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative). In 2022, it was accepted to the NALIP Media Market and invited to the Sundance Institute inaugural Latine Scholarship Program.

Director Biography

“In a society that has systematically demolished concepts of home including; people, land and their histories, it is radical to tell stories. The tradition of storytelling has become a tool of resistance, as our histories have survived through memory. We transcend our displacement and restore our truths, when we choose to remember.”

Shireen is a Latinx, Iranian, Muslim, Disabled filmmaker born and raised in LA. Her revolving identities inspire her to create space through film technologies. Given how we remember ourselves is pivotal to our healing, her films use memory to create a counter/contra gaze to surveillance.

She Co-Authored Flipping the Gaze Restorative Filmmaking Techniquesand serves as Artist Support for the Islamic Scholarship Fund where she co-created Muslim-Centered film programming; an evolving framework that supports Muslim filmmakers to restore, center and define their narratives. Today, Shireen is a student of UCLA Arts Healing and is prototyping a creative lab for caregivers.



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