Time for Ilhan


Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4:00pm
Washington U./Brown

On Nov. 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and “Time for Ilhan” intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for state representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation's largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, “Time for Ilhan” offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star — now running for the U.S. House of Representatives — as she begins a bold and powerful political career. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “The film ends on a wonderful high note with an end-credits montage showing the wave of women running for and being elected to office since the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton may have lost, but it's becoming increasingly evident that women's role in politics will only be getting stronger in the years to come.”

89 min.
English & Somali

Directed by

Norah Shapiro



Film Category

Human Rights Spotlight International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Human Rights Immigration Politics Women's Issues


With director Shapiro.

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