An examination of the lives of three Muslim-American teenage girls who wear the hijab.
The film Hijabi Girls examines the lives of three Muslim-American teenage girls who wear the hijab. At a time when political Islam continues to dominate public discourse, the girls explain their reasoning behind the decision to wear the hijab and the reaction of their peers.
Despite their scarves, the girls look, sound and think very much like other American high school students. They explain frankly, and often with strong emotion, their reasons for choosing, as one girl puts it, ‘to cover’. The girls’ descriptions of how they are treated by their peers reveal a world where they are often viewed with suspicion, pity and even as advocates of terror.
Despite public perception, the girls are powerfully recognisable as American teenagers. They are funny, bright, self-aware and articulate. At the film’s core is the journey of the girls as they seek to guard their individual differences while trying to construct lives that resemble that of a typical American teenager.