The Reformist – a female Imam

Marie Skovgaard, Denmark, 2019

88 min.DK/Documentary

Sherin Khankan is opening one of Europe’s first mosques run by female imams. The Mosque’s members aim to confront and challenge the fear surrounding Islam and call for a new feminist agenda breaking with established gender hierarchies. Sherin is impatient. She wants change and equality now! But her haste divides her organisation to the brink of collapse.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Reformisten – den kvindelige imam
Danish title Reformisten – den kvindelige imam
Keywords Islam, Liberation of women, Muslims, Religion, 2010-2019
Director Marie Skovgaard
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Marie Skovgaard, Mathias Nyholm Schmidt, Sun Hee Engelstoft
Editor Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt
Sound Jaques Pedersen
Composer Philippe Boix-Vives
Appearance Sherin Khankan, Saliha Marie Fetteh, Saer El Jaichi, Hicham Mouna
Production country Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Netherlands
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales First Hand Films World Sales
Online release 12.06.2019, Filmcentralen
Comment The film premiered at CPH:DOX and made its international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto. Marie Skovgaard has directed a number of projects.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer House of Real
Co-production DR, SVT, YLE, IKON
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, The Hartley Film Foundation, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, RÚV, Undervisningsministeriet
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Marie Skovgaard
Director supervisor Camilla Nielsson
Consultant Kristoffer Horn
Research BülBül Tüzün


Producer Jesper Jack
Co-producer Anna J. Ljungmark
Production manager Freja Delgado
Consultant Jesper Petersen
Post-production assistant Martin Munck Schmidt
Post-production assistant Frederik Marbell
Post-production assistant Sebastian Anton Munk
Production assistant Lærke Moldenæs
Production assistant Jaqueline Santos Jacoponi
Production assistant Anna Luna B. Kristoffersen
Impact producer Mette Bjerregaard
Impact producer Anna J. Ljungmark
Executive producer Gitte Hansen
Executive producer Esther van Messel


Cinematographer Marie Skovgaard
Cinematographer Mathias Nyholm Schmidt
Cinematographer Sun Hee Engelstoft


Editor Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt
2nd editor Biel Andrés
Editing supervisor Åsa Mossberg


Composer Philippe Boix-Vives


Sound engineer Jaques Pedersen
Re-recording mixer Peter Schultz
Foley artist Martin Langenbach
Foley mixer Christoph Oertel

Special effects

SFX editor Toke Gelardi


Voice Nessie Beik
Voice Sara Fakhri Al Naser
Voice Monica Fabricius
Voice Zara Golabi

Visual effects

Supervisor Anders V. Christensen
Colourist Anders V. Christensen
Assistant colorgrader Maria Klarlund
Graphic design Emil Thorbjørnsson
Poster artwork Torsten Høgh Rasmussen


Appearance Sherin Khankan
Appearance Saliha Marie Fetteh
Appearance Saer El Jaichi
Appearance Hicham Mouna

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Information Elmelund, Rasmus 2019-03-23
Anmeldelse Information Thorup, Mette-Line 2019-03-21
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Vandrup, Frederik Asschenfeldt 2019-03-21
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Hegnsvad, Kristoffer 2019-03-20
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Hegnsvad, Kristoffer 2019-03-15
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