Game Changers: Time for Ilhan


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Jul 25, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:88 min
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Norah Shapiro


In 2016, a young, headscarf-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. In the wake of the historic wins for women at the 2018 midterms, revisit the origin story of this divisive, yet important political voice, and her hard-fought campaign for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Up against a 43-year incumbent, Omar sets out to challenge the party's status quo while defying the gender norms within her own community. As much a campaign drama as a personal portrait, Time for Ilhan raises questions about barriers to access in politics—and offers a remarkable example of those who are overcoming them.

Promotional Partners: Alumnae Theatre CompanyCanadian Association of Black Journalistscléo, Feminist Art Collective, The MUFF Society, Nia Centre for the Arts, Ted Rogers School of Management's Diversity Institute and Women in Film & Television - Toronto (WIFT-T)

Additional Information

Game Changers: Get inspired by the real-life superheroes who point the way forward in times of profound social change.

"The sort of feel-good story we desperately need right now." - Hollywood Reporter