Alcohol, Drugs and Lesbianism: Arab Israeli Film Faces Backlash

Israeli Arab Maysaloun Hamoud, director of the film 'Bar Bahar', poses with a tattoo bearing the title of her film during an interview with AFP in Tel Aviv on February 7, 2017. Hamoud's film, which has caused the director controversy and prompted death threats on social media against her, tackles almost all the taboos of Arab Israeli society: drugs, alcohol, homosexuality. It was released in the US under the title 'In Between' and won three prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain last year. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jerusalem (AFP) – The culture clash in “Bar Bahar” starts off when Nur, a veiled and conservative Muslim, moves into a flat with two other Arab Israeli women and sees their drug-taking, party-going lives. But for its director, the real shock of the film, which opened last month in Israel, has been the controversy it has whipped up, even death threats on social media. Maysaloun Hamoud, herself an Arab, always hoped her first feature film would hit hard. In its two hours, the Galilee-born filmmaker, 35, tackles almost all the taboos of Arab Israeli society: drugs, alcohol, homosexuality. Salma is rejected by her Christian family for being a lesbian, while Leila leaves her boyfriend when she discovers he is more conservative than he claims. But above all, there is the story of Nur, a native of the conservative city of Umm al-Fahm — a stronghold of the Islamic Movement, close to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. Conservative, and initially shocked by the attitude of her roommates, Nur and the other two become friends and allies. She ultimately rebels against her family and traditions by leaving her religious fiancé Wissam after he rapes her, a scene shown on screen. –
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‘London Modest Fashion Week’: Capital Hosts Hijab Show Sponsored By Anti-Trump Brand

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The inaugural ‘Modest Fashion Week’ took place over the weekend, an event targeted at Muslim consumers and sponsored by a makeup brand who refuse to sell products to supporters of U.S. President Donald J. Trump. According to organisers of the event, at which the clothes showcased are said to ‘comply with Muslim values’, modest fashion is one of the fastest growing consumer markets. Hijabs weren’t confined to the catwalks, with many of the show’s attendees’ sporting the modest Muslim headgear / Rachel Megawhat / Breitbart London Event organiser Romanna Bint-Abubaker, founder of modest fashion website ‘Haute Elan’ told Sky News: “The fastest growing global consumer is at the moment the Muslim market. “One in three people by 2030 will be a Muslim in the world — that’s a huge population.” Official sponsors of the Muslim-friendly event Illamasqua have announced they are staunchly opposed to populism, last week promising that the brand will “never knowingly sell” their products to Trump supporters. In a statement posted to its website the company says it’s “horrified” by the U.S. president’s actions, declaring: “We refuse to remain silent while extreme right-wing populism gains momentum… wherever it is happening. “As such, we will never knowingly sell our products to people
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