On Saturday 16 April, BNNVARA will present the world premiere of the film OMARI; geen gezeik. In this portrait of singer and vlogger Selma Omari we get an insight into her life, her childhood in Crooswijk and the sexism she has to deal with.
In this portrait of Selma Omari the viewer gets a peak into her life. It started in Crooswijk. Not only does the movie show how Selma felt growing up there, but also Selma’s neighbours and friends get their say. Selma’s relation to Crooswijk is ambiguous. She was bullied, but it also made here the person she is today. She always believed that she wasn’t “as much of an outcast, but more of an underdog”. This ambiguity also comes across in the conversations with the neighbours. They see Selma achieving things, yet they also show a lot of prejudice towards her.
Selma is confronted with sexism and racism. With sexy clothing she can’t possibly be a good muslim. And does she have to wear such revealing clothes? In apt wording she raises awareness for these issues. She fights for equality for women of colour and feels a lot of pressure to be a good role model. Because like her history teacher tells: Selma expects there will be a third feminist wave and it will be led by women of colour. And Selma wants to be at the forefront.
Please note, the language spoken in the film is Dutch and there are no subtitles.