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Title The headmaster and the headscarves [videorecording] / directed and filmed by Elizabeth C. Jones.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson DVD  371.828829 HEAD  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Compass
This world (Television programme)
Compass (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the ABC-TV programme broadcast 18/09/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Researcher, Alice Bhandhukravi ; online editor, Dominic McMahon ; film editor, Catherine Arend.
Performers ABC Introduction, Geraldine Doogue ; B.B.C. narrator, Melissa Berry.
Summary This is the story of one school, its headmaster and a group of Muslim girls who find themselves at the centre of a political storm. Raymond Scieux, the headmaster at Eugene Delacroix School, in northern Paris, is spoiling for a fight, when he announces at assembly that he does not want to recognise any pupil's religious persuasion in his school. He has the controversial French law on his side, i.e., religious symbols have been banned from schools. Muslim headscarves are the target. The majority of teachers are in favour of Scieux's edict, because they believe they have to help girls withstand religious pressure. Then, ten veiled girls at Delacriox decide to defy the headmaster. Their search for a compromise takes a dramatic turn, when Iraqi terrorists kidnap two French journalists and demand a repeal of the ban. Since this documentary takes to air, they have been released and returned to France unharmed. Back at the school, the school girls and teachers grapple with the rules which threaten to inflame the tensions they were designed to calm. To date, almost fifty veiled schoolgirls have been expelled across from France, since the law was introduced. The government has now extended the ban on religious symbols to cover hospital staff. Includes interviews, and media spotlight on the school.
Original Version First released: [London?] : In Focus for B.B.C., c2005. Original released in series: This world / editor, Karen O'Connor.
System notes DVD
Language notes Report in English; French dialogues with English translation or subtitles.
Other author Jones, Elizabeth C.
Berry, Melissa.
Bhandhukravi, Alice.
Doogue, Geraldine, 1947-
Subject Culture conflict -- Social aspects -- France
High school students -- France -- Social conditions
Islam -- France -- Customs and practices
Muslim girls -- France -- Social conditions
Muslim girls -- Education -- France
Muslim girls -- Costume -- France
Muslims -- Cultural assimilation -- France
Social conflict -- France -- Religious aspects
Muslim students -- France -- Social conditions
Teacher-student relationships -- France
Veils -- Government policy -- France
Veils -- Social aspects -- France
Women in Islam -- France