The Reformist

Marie Skovgaard, 88 min, Denmark.

Sherin Khankan attempts to establish Europe’s first mosque led by female imams

Sherin Khankan's big dream is to establish one of Europe's first mosques led by female imams, in the center of Copenhagen. Together with a group of progressive Muslims, she tries to make an effort for tolerance and the rights of Muslim women. Four years ago, her dream came true: the Mariam Mosque became a reality. But Sherin is both up against growing Islamophobia and conservative forces in the religious community. Marie Skovgaard has followed her ever since, through victories, crises, and internal disagreements among Sherin's own supporters. Idealism meets harsh realities along the way, while the strong-willed Sherin tirelessly continues her struggle. Her activist work is a constant negotiation between differing views. How far can she actually go in her modern interpretation of the Qur'an? And how long can she keep fighting? A dramatic debate-starter of a film about a woman who has the courage to go her own ways for the sake of others.