Bay Area Muslim Women and the Hijab Featured in Oakland Public Library Film Screening

Release Date: 
Tue, 04/09/2013


Oakland, CA – The 81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue, is presenting a free film screening of Just a Piece of Cloth, about Bay Area Muslim women who either wear or choose not to wear the hijab. The hijab is the veil worn by Muslim women to cover their head or face in public. The 34-minute documentary will screen Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In post-9/11 America, the choice of Muslim women to wear or not wear hijab has become a focal point for debate and education about the many ways to be Muslim in America. Just a Piece of Cloth unravels stereotypes that the mainstream media perpetuate about Muslim women, with intimate profiles of four women who challenge us to understand the stories behind hijab and to see the shared human dilemmas that lie just beneath the surface. Through their own words and deeply personal experiences, we come to see that wearing hijab in the multicultural US has very different meanings than it does in Muslim countries.

The film’s producer and director, Dr. Rosemary Henze, a professor of Linguistics and Language Development at San Jose State University, will be on hand. Muslim women are encouraged to attend and join the discussion. All are welcome.

A preview of the film can be viewed here:

For more information, please visit or contact Joyce Bratton at the 81st Avenue Branch Library at 510-615-5812 or