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Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It’s also home to Masriyah Amva, the head teacher of an Islamic boarding school. She fights male skepticism about women playing a leading role in society. Her weapon is her interpretation of the Koran.
RISING FROM SHADOWS’ director, Norhayati Kaprawi, is a Muslim woman from Malaysia who has a deep admiration for neighboring Indonesia’s tolerant version of Islam. As she follows Masriyah closely throughout her day-to-day life, Kaprawi explores how Islamic societies should approach women’s rights.

Director Norhayati Kaprawi
Location Indonesia
Duration 27 min.
Genre Women / Social Issues / Education
Air Date (JST) Mon., Oct. 1, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017 *rerun
Mon., Sep. 11, 2017

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Norhayati Kaprawi

Norhayati Kaprawi


Norhayati Kaprawi is a woman filmmaker and animator from Malaysia. She was trained as a Civil Engineer and was later involved in activism on women’s issues. She made her first documentary film when she was about 42 years old. Most of her documentary films highlight the challenges faced by Muslim women. Her first film in 2010 was about a Muslim woman who was sentenced to be whipped for drinking alcohol in Malaysia. Her documentary on the issue of veiling amongst Muslim women in Malaysia received international coverage. Apart from women’s issues, she also made documentaries on the issue of lost cultures and inter-faith relations in a multi-religious societies. She hopes to produce a short animated-documentary film in future.


2014 Female Ulema (Muslim Women Religious Leaders)
2012 Who Am I
2012 My Horse Will Not Die
2011 Searching for Kartika

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