'American Burqa' is a docudrama focusing on issues
pertinent to the recent crisis in Afghanistan. A day - long
peek into the life of three American women in the midst of
Chicago's hustle & bustle.
'American Burqa' tries to show a token of the pain
all Afghani women have experienced over the past five-six
years, to three American women, personally. In doing so, we
asked three women of different cultures and artistic talent
to participate in this documentary.
Chesere, a singer who is African-American, shared
her life on a day when she was laid off from her job at the
International Antique Center, where she was working to support
herself while pursuing her musical career in the evenings.
Renee McGinnis is White American who as an artist
and graphic designer works at WGN(TV Channel 9 News) part-time,
so she can devote time to her painting. On the day we filmed
she had a showing of her work at the University of Illinois
Maya Tatiana is a Spanish-American who earns her
living as a Flamenco dancer, and teaches at the old Town School
of Folk Music. Each of the women consented to have us film
portions of their professional lives, their personal lives,
and later to share an artistic piece they created in response
to their experience under the burqa.