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Jenn Lindsay: Documentary Films and Videos

Dr. Jenn Lindsay is a social scientist and documentary filmmaker who has been crafting compelling stories about social and religious diversity since 2005. She is based in Rome, Italy, and teaches as a Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at John Cabot University, Saint John's University, and the University of California Education Abroad Program.

She completed her PhD in the Social Science of Religion at Boston University in 2018. She holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a BA in playwriting from Stanford University, and a certificate in arts management from Yale School of Drama. In 2017 she completed a Master course in Sociology from Università Roma Tre.

As a social scientist, Jenn specializes in the study of religious difference and interfaith dialogue.

For a decade prior to graduate study, Jenn worked in the film and music industries as a composer, film editor, performer and documentary filmmaker. Her ten studio albums are available on Spotify, iTunes and at

Dr. Jenn can be contacted via

Jilbab (35 min)

In Jogjakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim woman's headscarf is distinctively colorful, fashionable, fun and expressive. Women are free to don the jilbab or not, and often non-Muslim Indonesian will wear one just to keep up with the popular fashion trend. What are the dreams and commitments behind the choice to veil or not to veil? JILBAB, a 73-minute documentary named after the Indonesian word for the Muslim hijab, is about veiling trends for women in the city of “Jogja.” The film features students from Universitas Gadjah Mada, designers of local women's fashion boutiques, and Muslim women from outside of Indonesia who comment on the cultural variations of the veil around the globe. The women of JILBAB speak about the significance of veiling, veiling ideology and fashion, and the history of veiling in Islam. This film explores uniquely Javanese Islam, its unmistakable religious aesthetics, and what the jilbab suggests in an Indonesian context as opposed to in the Middle East, North America or Europe.

JILBAB was filmed, designed and edited by Jenn Lindsay. Filmed in Jogyakarta and Jakarta Indonesia, Dubai UAE, and Prali Italy (2011) and released in January 2016.

This link is in English language with a choice of both English and Italian subtitles--please press the "CC" button on the lower right hand of the video player to choose the language of closed captioning.



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