Heidi and Rachel, the producers of the documentary, fill us in on their production process over seas.
in many things uyou are right, here the problem is old fasion thinking , it will took us a long way , to change a small thing. but we never give up, small steps , one day it will be a big step.. be sure many saudi woman think like you. but us l said old fation thinking, the change must come from the families, if they change all would be easyer for us . greatings from saudia
same to me lol may they block it000a
cause it's about them
@ Lovebringer - I must say that your view is very well stated and I agree wholeheartedly! Fabulous job!
typical Americans, sticking their nose where it doesn't belong!
@ai shi its not that they said anything negative about american women in THIS video...shes just talking about what the whole middle east thinks of amerricans and american women
Im in saudi arabia BUT i cant watch the video they say it isnt available , can anyone upload it?
Fatima stated her culture views women as pearls/jewels and she wish it was different. She wants the people in her country to view them as strong individuals and have equal rights. They never stated anything negative towards American women. I am unsure why you are so defensive about your culture when no one mentioned anything negative about it.
This was fascinating...thanks MTV!
well said, honestly.
Let me start off by saying I am an American woman. I have lived in America all my life, in one of the most liberal cities in the world, New York City. I would like to write this open letter to you, the Saudi's because I would like to know more about your culture, and yes even Islam. I would also like to address the stereotypes the Muslim world seems to have about us.
First let me start of by saying that no, the majority of American woman are not like we are portrayed in the media, and I think it is very hypocritical of you to assume so when you get upset with us for viewing things about your country in the same way. We are also not stupid, and we are also not whores.
I live in a country that is not a theocracy, it is a democracy, or a republic. That is the main difference. We do not have religious police in our country telling us what to wear, what to listen to, or what to believe in. I could never conceive living in a place that told me to do so. I would like to understand what the harm in a woman is to be able to drive her own car, speak in a city council, and choose to follow the religion ( or not).
You look down on us simply because we " use our bodies to get what we want." Actually, we tend to use our brains and mouths to get what we want here in America, because we have a voice to speak with. We dress with the climate that we live in, and we do not need a false sense of modesty to live with day to day. I have no fear of **** simply because I may have on a short sleeved shirt and a skirt.
If a man chooses to come after me in this country, and I am raped, I AM NOT AT FAULT for him coming after me. We have this thing here called self control. I am not responsible for another person's behavior simply because of how I am dressed. The man is at fault for assaulting ME.
I am not asking you to dress, as I am, or to follow my religion ( or lack thereof.) I DO have respect for myself, I AM valued for my mind, and I CAN vote and take care of myself WITHOUT the need of a man.
You say to us, why do you not have your men taking care of you? I say to you, why do I need a man to take care of me when I can do it just fine on my own? You claim you are all viewed as jewels, and pearls. Let me ask you this. What does a jewel or a pearl do for itself? Nothing. It sparkles prettily for it's owner. It is a trophy, a trinket, a precious little nothing.
What do I do for myself? I vote, I drive, I work, I have opinions, I have rights, and I do not fear being an outcast because I can voice my opinions or wear that short skirt on a hot summer night. You claim that I have no power? I do not need to hide myself from the world to have my power, I need not sneak, or sulk behind heavy fabric for fear of being ruined.
I am an American woman, and I am proud of who I am, and I am proud of my country. I need no man in my life to fulfill me. I am self sufficient, I am strong, and I can do it all.
I would love for an intelligent Saudi woman to respond. Saudi men too. Let me see your views.
With peace and respect, from An American woman.
Very good documentary that opened up to me so much interesting insights about Saudi Arabia that i did not know. I am Uzbek and it was interesting to see some similarities in culture and some other "discoveries" on my side. S.A. woman greet and kiss each other 3 times like woman do in my home country. No driving in S.A. is very different experience. And woman, they look so beautiful, and they look (pardon my ignorance) like many Europeans, white?! Censor police; everybody speaks English?! Macdonald with curtains; All man city council alive and in pictures. Overall very interesting story that brings 4 people of same age group, but different life aspiration together in this movie: a. good rock band; b. good all school fashion and bike ride; c. old school political freedom "movement"; and romantic pursuit with once in a life "get in the mall" covert operation. And yes, Arabic language in the movie is the best - holly language!!!
I hope Fatima and the other women at that meeting know that women everywhere are inspired by their vision, courage, and effort. We are behind you and support you!
It will be the youth in the world that build the most amazing bridges..the youth are the ones changing the face of REALITY.
I really enjoyed this video.
Exactly. "You canâ€™t convince a believer of anything; for their belief isnâ€™t based on evidence, itâ€™s based on a deep seated need to believe." Carl Sagan
Dude ... Fatima is not a robot or a well trained parrot. There is no way you could ever speak for a woman like that.
"If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people."
@Fatima I really Admire her for the courage to come out since it is really strict here in saudi Arabia with regards to their culture it was really brave, and for the heavy Metal Band Keep it up Guys hope you'll have more Gig Keep on Rockin.. haha! Really great true to life Documentary