Islam in Lockdown

The Coronavirus has changed the lives of British Muslims in unimaginably difficult ways. Join us as we look at how Muslims in Britain adapted their practice of faith during these unprecedented times. (This film was originally aired on British Muslim TV in 2021).

  • Ahseem Yousuf
    A Direct Look: Mental Health in the Muslim Community
  • Amber Manser
    Sporting Heritage
  • Annabel Smith
    Questions Live, Single Muslim Live, Ask the Alim, Sports Talk Live
  • Talmeez Ahmed
    Butchers Day, Silman, Victim Support Project
  • Ahseem Yousuf
    A Direct Look, Butchers Day, Silman
  • Jevaughnie Ebanks
    Director of Photography
  • Jevaughnie Ebanks
    Sound Editor
  • Phoebe Duffett
    First AD
  • Erik Lasota
    Head of Marketing
  • Ismail Hussain
    Adhan Recitation
  • Dr Karen Thornton
    Executive Producers
  • Dr Mark Goodall
    Executive Producers
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  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Bradford
Director Biography - Ahseem Yousuf

Ahseem Yousuf is a recent film school graduate who has worked on a plethora of projects with a recent focus on factual filmmaking for television. He has produced 2 television documentaries as well as fictional short films. He likes to work on projects that can have a social impact in some way and in regards to his fictional work, he tends to focus on issues related to the nature of good and evil.

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Director Statement

This film was made during the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic during my final year of film school. It was challenging, to say the least, but I wanted to push through the obstacles to bring this film to fruition as the content of it is important. Worldwide, everybody's lives came to a standstill by a novel virus wreaking havoc across the globe. In this film, we take a look at the UK’s Muslim population specifically and see how the various lockdowns affected their practice of faith and their wellbeing. We interview members of parliament and members of the public about their experiences as well as mosques and charitable organizations. We wanted this film to exist as somewhat of a historical time capsule that looks at a minority community's experience that may get overlooked in future discussions of the pandemic. We also hope this film can highlight the positive work Muslims did during the pandemic.

Ahseem Yousuf- Director of Islam in Lockdown