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MEMORY IGNITED :Join us for the Canada screening of Blue Veil and the other shorts in Memory Ignited starting November 21 online and in-person! 
All-Access passes are available now, and in-person tickets go on sale soon! Get early bird pricing on all passes until November 7 HERE.



Cast and Crew:

In order of appearance

Marina Ochoa

Etzel Ochoa

Kari Ramírez

Carlos Ortez

Ismael Salazar-Lopez


Writer, Director, Editor 


Shireen Alihaji



Jaime Ballesteros


Camera Operator

Jaime Ballesteros

Ernesto Calixto


Sound Designer

Estevan Carlos Benson



Shireen Alihaji


Soundtrack "Amina"

Estevan Carlos Benson


"Blue Prayer"

Shireen Alihaji



Bernabé Bolaños



Bernabé Bolaños


Title Art 

Bernabé Bolaños



Sofi Alihaji

With Support From

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Women in Film


Blue Veil Films

Este Archives

Multimedia Militia 


Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

"Muslim Cool: Race, Religion,

and Hip Hop in the United States"


Umi's Archive

Dr. Philip Butler

Black Transhuman Liberation Theology


Vigilant Love 

Services Not Surveillance


Barry Jenkins 

The Gaze


W.E.B Du Bois 

The Souls of  Black Folk


Frantz Omar Fanon 

Algeria Unveiled


The Counter-Memorias 

Oral History Project


Studio Museum Harlem

Memories for the Future


Isabelle Hui Saldaña

Archival Repair: Shaping Collective

History as Collective Future 


Dedicated to my ancestors, loved ones  

and a generation of youth silenced by 

Islamophobia. This is a prayer for the 

hearts surveilled. May our truth(s) breathe.

Amina struggles with the gaze of Islamophobia; from surveillance to the 24-hour news cycle. Until she discovers and begins sampling her mother’s records.  The songs reflect her parent's migration stories and serve as a roadmap to Amina’s identity.Music unlocks memories and Amina remembers who she is.

Through the intersection of music and memory, this hybrid film blurs the lines between surveillance and archival repair. It is indiscernible to know “who is watching who,” but in a world that is watching, Amina chooses how she sees herself.

This is a proof of concept for the feature length “Blue Veil” which has made it on the Inaugural Cannes List, Black List X Muslim List, Respectability Lab, Women in Film Mentoring program, Athena’s Writers Lab and published in the The Blue Print for Muslim Inclusion (Pillars Fund, Riz Ahmed / Left Handed Films, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative). Script and pitch deck available upon request.