OUTSTANDING DIRECTING SPECIAL CLASS - Daytime Emmy® Creative Arts Awards | RECOMMENDED ★★★ - Video Librarian | HBO AUDIENCE AWARD FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Provincetown Film FestivalPolitics • Women's Studies • Sociology • American Studies • Islamic Studies • Leadership
Date of Completion: 2018 | Run Time: 89 and 61 minute version available | Language: English & Somali with English Subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director & Producer: Norah Shapiro | Producers: Jennifer Steinman & Chris Newberry
Ilhan Omar, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three, takes on two formidable opponents in a highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. If successful, she will become the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Similar to the classic tale of David and Goliath, Omar, who is up against a 43-year incumbent, is the "outsider"- a Muslim, refugee, woman of color - seeking to challenge the party’s status quo while simultaneously defying lingering gender norms within her own Muslim community.
TIME FOR ILHAN is an Emmy® Award-winning documentary that shadows Ilhan and her scrappy group of dedicated campaign staffers throughout the entire campaign’s dramatic uphill battle. A fresh and timely take on the old story of the American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of the rise of one of America’s brightest new political stars, and a vision of what is truly possible for women and New Americans in politics today.