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BSS Noor Inayat Khan

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BSS Global Learning, in collaboration with the BSS Muslim Student Union, is pleased to present a virtual screening of the film Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story and a panel discussion with Dr. Wafaa Hasan and Ibtihaj Muhammad regarding the themes of feminism and Islam.

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm 

We will email you a link to view the film upon registration. Please watch at your own convenience. 

The film is about Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman war heroine in World War II. When the Nazis invaded France, Noor escaped to England where she did her training. In 1943, she was recruited as a spy into Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive. Following the arrest and betrayal of her entire network, Noor became the only surviving radio operator linking the British to the French Resistance in Paris. She coordinated the air-drop of weapons, explosives, and agents. The life expectancy of a radio operator in Paris was only 6 weeks before the Nazis tracked them down. Noor survived for four months before being betrayed by a French collaborator. She resisted the Gestapo's brutal interrogation, escaping twice; however, unfortunately, she was recaptured. This story is about a young woman's struggle, bravery, and courage. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Wafaa Hasan and Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

Dr. Wafaa Hasan is an international lecturer, author and scholar, currently teaching in the Women's and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her publications range in topics such as contemporary trends of globalization in the Middle East; Arab-Canadian identities as they pertain to ideologies of Canadian multiculturalism; and global practices of resilience in displacement in Countering Displacements (2012). Her research is based in anti-racist feminist theory, transnational feminisms, sexuality and disability studies. 

Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first Muslim American woman to wear hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics, and received an Olympic medal in 2016 while doing so. In 2014, she launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable and affordable clothing to the United States market. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled to Ms. Muhammad's likeness, as part of Barbie's "Shero" line of dolls. Ms. Muhammad released her debut memoir in July 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Ibtihaj released her third book, children's picture book, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab & Family, that became a New York Times' Best-Seller. 

The viewing of this film will be open to any individual who would like to sign up, as well as students, parents and alumnae from CIS Ontario schools across Ontario. 

Please RSVP here to join us

Upon registration, you will receive an email with the links to the screening and more information.

Watch this short video about the panel discussion from the co-head of the BSS Muslim Student Union.

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