An Act of Worship

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The travel ban sent a chilling message throughout America: Muslims are not welcome here. An Act of Worship begins with travel ban protests in airports across the country, then moves to mosques, community centers, and homes, where the urgency to address Islamophobia is becoming more and more palpable. Our story depicts the everyday lives of Muslim women activists across the U.S. as they forge new ways to confront the current political climate and provides an up-close look at a new generation’s attempt to take back control of its own narrative despite decades-long efforts to marginalize and criminalize them.

An Act of Worship participated in the 2018 Diversity Fellows Initiative (past program) and is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.


Nausheen Dadabhoy smiling at the camera. She has medium-length wavy hair, and wears a winter jacket and scarf.Nausheen Dadabhoy is a Pakistani-American director and cinematographer working in documentary and fiction. She received her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. She’s had an Oscar-nominated film; her work shown at festivals including Sundance, TIFF, AFI Fest, IDFA; and on platforms including Netflix, HBO, and PBS. Nausheen has worked on four continents, speaks three languages, owns two cameras, and she was recently named one of DOCNYC’s “40 Under 40.” She is based in New York, Los Angeles, and Karachi.