Just a Piece of Cloth | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Interfaith Women’s Sukkot Dinner & Film Screening

Mon, September 24, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Sukkot program for women of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Sukkot program for women of all faiths and backgrounds.


THE DINNER FOR THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. Any RSVPs will be for the 7pm film screening and conversation only.

A screening of the documentary Just a Piece of Cloth and a candid conversation that explores the reasons for modesty within Muslim & Jewish communities. What do we choose to present to the world and what do we reserve for ourselves or our loved ones?


Just a Piece of Cloth is a 34-minute documentary that unravels stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media about Muslim women. The video features four San Francisco Bay Area Muslim women from diverse backgrounds as they talk about what hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, means to them and how it affects their daily lives. With humor, seriousness, and candor they speak from personal experience about this often controversial garment. Despite their unique stories, universal human questions lie just beneath the surface: What boundaries define me? How do I travel across those boundaries to be true to myself, my community, and my faith? How do I transform the stories that limit my potential?

“The idea for this documentary came from my own experiences as an educator and from the voices of my former students. I've always been fascinated by how we enact and negotiate our diverse identities during classroom discussions. The stories I heard from some of my female Muslim students propelled me to invite them to think with me about how we could make these stories come alive for a broader audience, how we could challenge and complicate the dominant US narrative of Muslims as terrorists. Arwa Abushariefeh and Mahsa Modirzadeh in particular encouraged me to pursue this project, contributing to its content and shape as well as connecting me with other Muslim women to interview. Ultimately, these stories are not only about Muslim women; they are about all of us and the power of our voices and stories to confront stereotypes about "the Other."” — Rosemary Henze, director


Presented by

In Partnership with
Women of Rodef Sholom
The Islamic Center of Mill Valley 
The Islamic Center of North Marin