I Am Capable

After experiencing injustice when hiking in the English countryside, Amira Patel decided she wanted to help create a safe space for Muslim women outdoors. She founded her own group, the Wanderlust Women. During lockdown, Amira found a love of wild swimming: it was a place of stillness, in which she could connect to God, yet she always swam on her own… until now. For the first time ever, Amira is joined by two other women to swim together in the beauty of the Lake District. Summaya and Sham are apprehensive upon arrival; it is a big thing for them to be stepping out the box of what is deemed to be normal for Muslim women. After the initial shock wears off, they experience the transformative effect of cold-water immersion. They form a powerful sisterhood, finding strength in one another’s bravery in helping to breakdown the stereotypes and boundaries that exist.

  • Roxy Furman
    Director
  • Roxy Furman
    Producer
  • Amira Patel
    Key Cast
  • Shamaila Begum
    Key Cast
  • Summaya Raja
    Key Cast
  • Katie Wardle
    Main Camera
  • Elizabeth Streeter
    Underwater Photography
  • Roxy Furman
    Additional Photography
  • Cornelia Lee
    Additional Photography
  • Laura Pennafort
    Additional Photography
  • Roxy Furman
    Editor
  • Amy Beton
    Colour Grade
  • Rosa Di-Finizio
    Music
  • Cornelia Lee
    Graphics
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, S1H, A7S
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of the West of England
Director Biography - Roxy Furman

I am a 26-year-old wildlife biologist and filmmaker, who is currently working as a Researcher for Silverback Films. I hold a First Class honours degree in BSc Zoology (INT). In September 2019, I returned to University to obtain an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE, a course run in conjunction with the BBC NHU.

Alongside work, I create content for social media that I share @roxythezoologist, with clients including Rolex, AirBnb, Jack Wolfskin, and LUMIX.

I have a passion for animals and the natural world, but over the past year, my focus has been on weaving human stories into this narrative as well. I truly believe that there is hope for the future, and the more people that are inspired to get involved with conservation and take action, the better!

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Director Statement

All my plans for the stories I wanted to tell around the world about animals and conservation, and who I saw myself as a filmmaker, as an animal activist, were thrown into the air as we were hit with a global pandemic. An occurrence which left many of us with something we had not seen since a young age, the beauty of time. Time to sit, to learn, to unlearn, to see the world from a different perspective. It was during that time where I really began to open my eyes to the radical injustice that still occurred around the world today. As such, the stories that I wanted to tell through film shifted. How, with my skillset, could I have an impact? How could I be part of the movement trying to make a difference?
It was in that time, that the idea for my film, I Am Capable, was born. I felt so grateful that Amira, and the other women, allowed me such an emotional insight into their lives, and I felt the immense importance of sharing their story in the right way, in order to hopefully ignite real change in the viewers.

It was extremely powerful being able to work with an all-woman crew, making a film about women.

This film is my final submission for my MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England, due on 10th December 2021.