That Paradise Will Be Mine by Beernink, Merel
Winner of numerous awards, this documentary follows the day-to-day lives of three young Caucasian women in Europe who have converted to Islam. It is a frank portrayal of their struggles with the demands of marriage, relationships with their families, and societal tensions that come with their new cultural context and religious conviction.
In Europe and the US there is heated debate about the position of Islam and its practices in Western society. Wearing the veil, for instance, is seen in the West as a symbol of a womans submission to men. The veil controversy fuels the discussion about how far conservative Islamic customs should be allowed to penetrate liberal Western society.
'That Paradise will be Mine' is a frank portrayal of what it means to be a European Muslim. Beernink's intimate portraits offer fascinating insight into why it is so difficult for those brought up in Western culture to choose a different kind of life.