The Reformist – A Female Imam

Reformisten – den kvindelige imam

Denmark/Germany/Sweden/Norway/FinlandNetherlands, 2019, 88 min, Colour

Sherin is opening one of Europe’s first mosques run by female imams. The members of the Mosque aim to confront and challenge the fear surrounding Islam and call for a new kind of it including a feminist agenda. Sherin is impatient. She wants change and equality now. But her haste divides her organisation to the brink of collapse. After her own divorce, Sherin openly begins granting Islamic divorces to women unhappily married and performs inter-faith marriages of Muslim women and non-Muslim men. She wants to grant Muslim women the freedom to divorce and marry. But how do you break centuries of tradition from within a religion?



Marie Skovgaard


Jesper Jack


Mathias Nyholm SchmidtSun Hee Engelstoft


Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt


Jaques Pedersen


Marie has launched two projects alongside her directing work. Her first project Syriatypes tells the stories of Syrian artists and activists that defy the stereotypes of victimhood and war. The second project is a virtual reality experience around contemporary dance in Senegal in collaboration with Afripedia and CPH:LAB, which premiered at the New Museum in New York. Marie worked on the feature documentary The War Show, winner of the Venice Days Award, and recently completed a documentary series for National Danish Television and the BBC about unaccompanied refugee children. The Reformist is Marie's second feature documentary.


Denmark, 2019, CPH:DOX,

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Canada, 2019, Hot Docs,

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