Ruled by strict Islamic law, a female Muslim choir is battling gender inequality and Islamic extremism with just their voices.
What if your voice was a sin? Would you stay quiet, or would you scream? For some, they’ve chosen to sing. Aceh is the only Shariah run state in Indonesia. Here, women have strict dress codes, curfews and many still consider the female voice as part of the female modesty that cannot be experienced by men outside of their family. Our story follows the first teenage female muslim choir in West Aceh. They’re based in a muslim boarding school unlike any other in the country or perhaps in the world. Here, they are taught that men and women are the same, and to counter terrorism. Our story follows the choir leading up to a prestigious competition where muslim boarding schools from all over Indonesia will come to compete in Muslim art forms. This will be the girls’ biggest stage, and it will be an opportunity to spread their message outside of Aceh. The female voice fighting against oppression worldwide is growing louder. However, with rising arabization and conservatism spreading across the world, one might question whether it’s possible for humanistic values like gender equality to exist in a Muslim community. These songbirds might help answer that question
Fara oversees production and content development at Dosfellas. She has over 10 years of experience in production having produced programmes for Al Jazeera, National Geographic Channel, NHK and Channel NewsAsia. She was instrumental in developing the original series “Secret Tribes” for Channel News Asia. In 2014, her film “Ida’s Choice” was awarded the Best Documentary at the Freedom Film Festival and screened at the Europe – Vietnamese Film Festival, Hanoi in 2015. Fara frequently attends international documentary film festivals and markets and is constantly seeking international co- production partners and opportunities. She reads everything and anything and is constantly on the lookout for Dosfellas’ next big story.
Jean is an up and coming producer and director, having worked with international broadcasters like the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera, NHK, Discovery Asia and the Crime and Investigation Network. She is recognised for her ability to adapt, whether it be speaking to sex workers in Malaysia's red light district, drug addicted fishermen on Malaysia's East Coast to high profile politicians and academics. Her breadth of work is diverse, ranging from lighthearted travel shows and creative documentaries to gritty investigative documentaries. Her most recent project, Head Above Water, premiered at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Festival 2018. She believes in using documentaries as a platform to affect positive change in the world.
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