The Reformist - A Female Imam

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    The Reformist - A Female Imam

    Reformisten - den kvindelige imam

    Directed by

    Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Netherlands


    88 min

    • Danish


    Sherin Khankan's big dream is to establish one of Europe's first mosques led by female imams, in the center of Copenhagen. Together with a group of progressive Muslims, she tries to make an effort for tolerance and the rights of Muslim women. Four years ago, her dream came true: the Mariam Mosque became a reality. But Sherin is both up against growing Islamophobia and conservative forces in the religious community. Marie Skovgaard has followed her ever since, through victories, crises and internal disagreements among Sherin's own supporters. Idealism meets harsh realities along the way, while the strong-willed Sherin tirelessly continues her struggle. Her activist work is a constant negotiation between differing views. How far can she actually go in her modern interpretation of the Qur'an? And how long can she keep fighting? A dramatic debate-starter of a film about a woman who has the courage to go her own ways for the sake of others.


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    Sherin Khankan
    Mathias Nyholm Schmidt
    Marie Skovgaard
    Sun Hee Engelstoft
    Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt
    Biel Andrés


    This well-crafted film is never less than involving and thought-provoking.

    Allan Hunter, Screendaily

    Marie Skovgaard

    Marie Skovgaard


    Marie Skovgaard was born in 1983. She graduated from Film and media studies at Copenhagen University in 2010. She is known for her commitment to ‘minorities’ and ‘equality’; themes already consistent in the earlier projects she has been involved in. She has co-directed the VR-experience ‘Afripedia’ and has made films in Syria. She has worked on different television productions as a director and tv producer, amongst others BØRN ALENE PÅ FLUGT (2016) about unaccompanied child immigrants. She was also behind the digital project SYRIATYPES and co-directed the VR-project AFRIPEDIA, which was made during CPH:LAB at CPH:DOX. She debuted as a documentary feature director with THE REFORMIST - A FEMALE IMAM (2019), which was selected for the main competition at CPH:DOX.