Deeyah Khan is on a roll. Since she spoke at TEDxExeter in April this year she has barely been out of the news. She has been nominated for many awards, won some of them, and is coming back to Exeter in November for a showing of her film Jihad: a story of the others (tickets go on sale on 23 October). Watch this space for more information.
And that’s not all. This Thursday, 13 October, Deeyah’s latest film Islam’s Non-Believers will have its premiere on ITV at 10.40pm as part of its acclaimed Exposure series. If you can’t stay up that late, make sure you set it to record.
This new documentary by Fuuse Films investigates the lives of ex-Muslims, who face extreme discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and violence as a result of leaving Islam.
It paints a vivid picture of the dangers facing those who renounce their faith. Some are at risk of suicide, or self-harm, or have been physically and psychologically abused by their closest family members. Most are terrified of being shunned by their own family and friends if their true beliefs become known.
Many young British ex-Muslims live in the shadows hiding their true beliefs, running huge risks if they ‘come out’ as atheists within their religious communities. Some of those who speak in the film asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.