The Reformist beeld

The Reformist

Marie Skovgaard

Denmark 2019, 88 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Danish

The Reformist text

Sherin is opening one of Europe’s first mosques run by female imams. The Mosque’s members aim to confront and challenge the fear surrounding Islam and call for a new kind of it including a feminist agenda, effecting a break with established gender hierarchies.

After her own divorce, Sherin openly begins granting islamic divorces to women unhappily married and performs inter-faith marriages of Muslim women and non-Muslim men. Having sacrificed her own marriage for the cause, Sherin wants to grant Muslim women the freedom to divorce and marry. But how do you break centuries of tradition from within a religion?

On this matter the new Mosque is divided. Should they work for their ideas in the shadows or in the public glare? Should they take baby steps or dare to do whatever it takes to achieve their own vision?