This short documentary film, inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games, brings together archival research and interviews with different generations of Muslim women, to preserve their voices for future generations as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Young Roots project.

The documentary takes a look at how fashion, specialist women’s groups and cultural values have adapted to enable Muslim women to get involved in a range of sports, from cycling to boxing. It was filmed and produced by a group of young Muslim women over the past year with support from youth research charity Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), London Metropolitan University and the Women’s Library.

I worked on the project as a film facilitator along with my colleague Dr Jenny Harding (an expert on oral history) at London Metropolitan University. The film was produced in association with IARS and the Women's Library.

Interviews with the filmmakers can be found on The Peoples Record website, where they also discuss their opinions on the Olympics and female boxing:

peoplesrecord.org.uk/items/show/4355

More details about the project:

iars.org.uk/content/sporting-sisters-stories-muslim-women-sport-olympics-%E2%80%93-new-learning-resource-and-film#About

An article related to the film:

onislam.net/english/culture-and-entertainment/iblog/456964-sportin...

A short video about the Muslim Women and Sports event at the Women's Library:

flickr.com/photos/swamibu/7138340879/in/photostream

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