The work sample demonstrates the intimacy and access that we were able to receive while filming. We did not know the extent of Ghina's personal struggles until she revealed them the day of filming. Brigid Maher produced, directed, and edited Veiled Voices. She was also the main cinematographer and shot the footage featured in the work sample.
Veiled Voices profiles three influential women, their families, and the communities they serve: Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Su’ad Saleh in Egypt, and Huda al-Habash in Syria.
Ghina Hammoud faces a personal challenge in gaining legitimacy as a leader as a divorced woman, since divorce is controversial in conservative communities throughout Lebanon. Although she has been a television personality for 15 years and founded and runs her own islamic Center in Beirut, she lost many followers after she split from her husband. Despite these setbacks, Ghina has found strength to rebuild her life through her role as a community leader. Ghina inspires and helps other divorced women while counseling others to stay in marriages if possible. Her story is fraught with contradictions, yet these contradictions also humanize her and show why she has been able to retain a devoted following.