An Act of Worship

Nausheen Dadabhoy, USA 2022, 86’
international premiere

This intimate portrait of three young activists trying to change American attitudes towards the Muslim community records their efforts, but also testifies to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States since the World Trade Center attacks.

Nausheen Dadabhoy’s documentary “An Act of Worship” has lofty ambitions, collapsing over 40 years of Muslim American history into 82 minutes. It is not, however, a linear informational relay, so it meets most of its goals through impressionistic portraits, archival footage, and images of modern activism, in an attempt to paint a multifaceted portrait of the pain caused by systems of bigotry and abuse.

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Nausheen Dadabhoy

Nausheen Dadabhoy is an American director, screenwriter and filmmaker of Pakistani descent whose projects focus on the American Muslim community. She is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Cinematography Department. Nausheen was the cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated short film La femme et le TGV. An Act of Worship premiered at this year's Tribeca Festival. 


2003 A Bollywoood Movie (short)

2015 The Ground Beneath Her Feet (doc.)

2017 An Act of Worship (doc. short)

2022 Wytrwać w wierze / An Act of Worship (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Nausheen Dadabhoy
screenplay Nausheen Dadabhoy
cinematography Nausheen Dadabhoy
editing Ben Grachar
music Mary Kouyoumdjian
producer Sofian Khan, Kristi Jacobson, Heba Elorbany
production Capital K Pictures
sales Nausheen Dadabhoy
language Arabic, English
coloration colour
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