Time for Ilhan

NR, 89 minutes


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Post-show discussion with Dr. Maimouna Barro, Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at UIUC and  Ian Toller-Clark, Ph.D. Candidate in History, UIUC

Ilhan Omar, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three, takes on two formidable opponents in a highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. If successful, she will become the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Similar to the classic tale of David and Goliath, Omar, who is up against a 43-year incumbent, is the “outsider” – a Muslim, refugee, woman of color – who seeks to challenge the party’s status quo while simultaneously defying the gender norms within her own Muslim community.

TIME FOR ILHAN shadows Ilhan and her scrappy group of dedicated campaign staffers throughout the entire campaign’s dramatic uphill battle. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star and a vision of what is truly possible for women and New Americans in politics today. (2018, Norah Shapiro, USA, English, no CC, 89 min, NR)

“Leaves little doubt about what immigrants, especially diaspora survivors, have historically contributed to our democracy.” — Maria Garcia, Film Journal

“The type of feel-good story we desperately need right now.” — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Migrant Solidarity is a nation-wide series of films presented by movie theaters and community centers across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity with migrants. The series is presented in collaboration with The Seventh Art Stand, a national initiative promoting civil rights discussion through film.

*The Art Theater’s Migrant Solidarity Series is made possible thanks to support from:


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