A Balloon for Allah

Nefise Özkal LORENTZEN 2011 Norway Documantary color 58min Norwegian, English, DigiBeta
Norwegian-Turkish filmmaker Nefise decides to send a balloon letter to Allah in order to change the role of women in the Muslim cultures. Following her grandmother's Sufi path, she goes on a quest to find grandma's Islam. The film shuttles between her actual journey and her dreams. She experiences the diversity of Cairo, Istanbul and Oslo by meeting Nawal El Saadawi, Gamal Al Banna and Asma Barlas. As she strolls through this maze, the link between the three Abrahamic religions and the oppression of women becomes clear to her.


Nefise Özkal LORENTZEN

A Turkish-Norwegian film director. She holds a Bachelors degree in political science and a Masters degree in media and communication. She has written and directed numerous documentary films, often touching upon controversial themes such as gay Muslims, war and racial discrimination.

Nefise Özkal LORENTZEN

2011 A Ballon for Allah

2008 The Young Detectives

         Gender Me

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