The Reformist – a female Imam

Marie Skovgaard, Denmark, 2019

90 min.DK/Documentary

Together with a group of Muslims Sherin Khankan is opening Europe’s first mosque run by female imams. The members of the Mosque aim to confront and challenge the fear surrounding Islam and call for a tolerant and gender-based interpretation of the Quran. Sherin is impatient. She wants change and equality now. But how do you break centuries of tradition from within a religion over night? When Sherin openly begins granting Islamic divorces to women unhappily married and performs inter-faith marriages of Muslim women and non-Muslim men, her haste divides the organisation to the brink of collapse.
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Danish title Reformisten – den kvindelige imam
Original title Reformisten – den kvindelige imam
Other titles The Reformist – a female Imam
Director Marie Skovgaard
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Mathias Nyholm Schmidt, Marie Skovgaard, Sun Hee Engelstoft
Editor Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt, Biel Andrés
Sound Jaques Pedersen, Peter Bech
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 Marie Skovgaard has directed a number of projects.
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

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
CPH:DOX 2019-03-20
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