A podcast that started with a hashtag. Specifically, a hashtag back and forth conversation between Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, all in jest. And then, we decided to make it really real.
Through humorous and dramatic scenes, Noorbakhsh explores the hijab’s paradoxical role in political discourse, where it acts as both a symbol of oppression and a stamp of authenticity — and therefore, authority.
“All Atheists are Muslim” tells the story of introducing Noorbakhsh’s atheist, infidel, Whitey-white boyfriend to her Iranian Muslim parents, in college. The title suggests that if atheist and Muslim ideologies can find common ground than those of us in between can as well.
Cultural indigestion, color-blindness and inter-ethnic vertigo. Is there a cure? Is it treatable? Is it contagious? That’s what three women, Zahra, Thao and Coke — Iranian, Vietnamese and Okinawan/Japanese — try to find out as they aim to DIS-orient themselves from external stereotypes and internal expectations.