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Of Fatwas and beauty queens

Author: Carol OffAlex ShprintsenIsioma DanielSalman RushdieKen WiwaAll authors
Publisher: New York : Filmakers Library, [2004?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A beauty pageant in Nigeria was the flashpoint for a cultural, political, and religious war in this impovershed country withs its crumbling infrastructure. Set against the conflict between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the Miss World content came to an ironic and devastating end as beautiful young ladies from many nations around the world, scantily clad by Muslim standards, were to compete during the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Named Person: Isioma Daniel
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Off; Alex Shprintsen; Isioma Daniel; Salman Rushdie; Ken Wiwa; Judy Bachrach; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.; Filmakers Library, inc.
OCLC Number: 226326601
Notes: Originally produced in 2004.
Credits: Editor, Catherine Mcisaac ; principal photography, Maurice Chabot.
Performer(s): Interviews with Isioma Daniel, Salman Rushdie, Ken Wiwa, Judy Bachrach.
Description: 1 videodisc (48 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R, NTSC.
Other Titles: Of Fatwas & beauty queens
Responsibility: produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; written by Carol Off ; produced by Alex Shprintsen.

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"A beauty pageant in Nigeria was the flashpoint for a cultural, political, and religious war in this impovershed country withs its crumbling infrastructure. Set against the conflict between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the Miss World content came to an ironic and devastating end as beautiful young ladies from many nations around the world, scantily clad by Muslim standards, were to compete during the holy month of Ramadan ... A 21-year old Nigerian woman journalist, Isioma Daniel, was covering the event for a local paper. She had studied abroad but had returned, believing she could make a contribution to her country. In her news article, 'The World at Their Feet' she casually wrote 'What would Mohammed think? He would probably have chosen a wife from the contestants.' Those words inflamed the mullahs and incited riots that turned Muslims against Christians in bloody rampages. Hundreds of people were killed and dozens of villages destroyed. The office of her paper in northern Nigeria was burned to the ground. Before the dust settled, the pageant had been cancelled, the beauty queens had fled, and Isioma escaped into exile with a "fatwa" issued against her life"--Container.

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Of Fatwas and Beauty Queens

(EMRO user published 2008-04-09 ) Very Good Permalink
This excellent film explores issues of freedom of speech and exile through the case of the young Nigerian journalist Isioma Daniel. In 2002, she wrote what she meant to be a light, humorous look at the Miss World competition, hosted at that time in Nigeria, for a major Nigerian newspaper ThisDay....
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