Shelina Stand up!

Shelina Merani is an artist, an activist and a mom. Now that her kids are old enough to take care of themselves, she’s turning her attention to the stage — and using stand up comedy to build bridges between communities and find common ground.

As a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf, Shelina boldly walks the line between finding her own voice and respecting the religious community. Watch Shelina take centre stage and shatter stereotypes about what people think it means to be a Muslim woman.

  • Zach Jama
    Somaliland: Kill All but the Crows (2016)
  • Cat Mills
  • Shelina Merani
    Key Cast
    "Shelina Merani "
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    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 28, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    30 USD
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Distribution Information
  • CBC
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights, Internet
Director Biography - Zach Jama

Zacharia Jama has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), majored in Documentary Film and Screenwriting from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. He pursued documentary film and screenwriting after completing his BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

As a documentary film-maker, Zach directed and produced short films in Canada, Jordan, Germany and Tanzania. He recently completed his first one-hour investigative documentary film with Al Jazeera English’s People & Power strand. The film entitled, “Kill All But the Crows”, is about mass killings and war crimes in Somaliland.

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