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Niya Abdullahi

By the train explores the effects that islamophobia has on the daily life of visibly Muslim women living in the western world. A poetry piece that shares one Hijabis inner thoughts while she waits by the train. It explores the phenomena of train track anxiety: the feeling of worry, nervousness, or uneasiness that many visibly Muslim appearing women and men experience while waiting for the train or subway. This feeling comes as a result of feeling afraid that someone may push them onto the train tracks.


By the Train, 2020

Alt Text:  This video uses close shots of looks and glances between people in an underground subway station.  A girl in a hijab feels threatened and unsafe by these glances at her.  

About Niya Abdullahi

Niya Abdullahi is a Tech-Enthusiast and Multi-disciplinary Media Artist. She is the founder of @Habasooda, a platform dedicated to sharing the richness of the Muslim experience through a variety of storytelling avenues including short films and data-based graphics. She uses her art as a vessel to promote social change! 

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