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"Zoya" is a 10-12 minute comedic short film about a teenage girl whose attempts to be cool always seem to fall flat. Tired of living life unnoticed, she makes a fashion statement no one at her high school can ignore, and decides to wear the hijab.

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Representations of Muslim women, especially those who wear any sort of headscarf, overwhelmingly come with an imposed narrative of oppression. But the real stories behind their choices and lives - often just the fact that it's a choice at all - are far different from what tends to be assumed. Lighthearted films like "Zoya" not only help show the world the comedic reality of being Muslim in North America, but also help young Muslims see their lives reflected in a way that embraces who they are and allows them to live their identities with confidence.