In Jogjakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim woman's headscarf is distinctively colorful, fashionable, fun and expressive. Women are free to don the jilbab or not, and often non-Muslim Indonesian will wear one just to keep up with the popular fashion trend. What are the dreams and commitments behind the choice to veil or not to veil? This is a 22-minute classroom cut of JILBAB, a 73-minute documentary named after the Indonesian word for the Muslim hijab, is about veiling trends for women in the city of “Jogja.” The film features students from Universitas Gadjah Mada, designers of local women's fashion boutiques, and Muslim women from outside of Indonesia who comment on the cultural variations of the veil around the globe. The women of JILBAB speak about the significance of veiling, veiling ideology and fashion, and the history of veiling in Islam. This film explores uniquely Javanese Islam, its unmistakable religious aesthetics, and what the jilbab suggests in an Indonesian context as opposed to Middle Eastern, North American or European Muslim contexts.
JILBAB is filmed, designed and edited by Jenn Lindsay. Filmed in Jogyakarta and Jakarta Indonesia, Dubai UAE, and Prali Italy in Summer 2010.