Marie Skovgaard, Denmark, 2019

90 min.DK/Documentary

Sherin Khankan is a modern Muslim leader and imam of Europe’s first mosque run by female imams. Its members all share one conviction: They want to confront and challenge the fears and concerns that surround Islam and to create an alternative to existing readings of the Quran, thereby effecting a break with established gender hierarchies. The group argues for the importance of having female imams, stating that a religious society should be led by the wisest and most knowledgeable person available, regardless of that person’s gender. But the need for female imams is also connected to the need for strong female role models among Muslims of faith who feel uprooted and lack a sense of belonging.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Danish title Femimam
Other titles Femimam
Director Marie Skovgaard
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Mathias Nyholm Schmidt, Marie Skovgaard, Sun Hee Engelstoft
Appearances Sherin Khankan
Production country Denmark,Germany,Sweden,Norway,Finland,Netherlands
Subtitles No
Audio description No
Production companies House of Real
International sale First Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / gitte.hansen@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
Comment The documentary is Marie Skovgaard's directorial debut.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte


Production companies House of Real
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, Harley Foundation, IKON, SVT, YLE, RÚV, NFTV, UVM


Direction Marie Skovgaard
Director supervisor Camilla Nielsson


Producer Jesper Jack
Co-producer Anna J. Ljungmark
Production manager Freja Delgado
Consultant Jesper Petersen


Cinematographer Mathias Nyholm Schmidt
Cinematographer Marie Skovgaard
Cinematographer Sun Hee Engelstoft


Editor Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt
Editor Biel Andrés
Editing supervisor Åsa Mossberg
Editing supervisor Pernille Bech


Sound engineer Jaques Pedersen
Sound engineer Peter Bech


Appearance Sherin Khankan

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