Time For Ilhan
Ilhan Omar, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three, takes on two formidable opponents in a highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. If successful, she will become the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Similar to the classic tale of David and Goliath, Omar, who is up against a 43-year incumbent, is the “outsider”- a Muslim, refugee, woman of color – who seeks to challenge the party’s status quo while simultaneously defying the gender norms within her own Muslim community.
TIME FOR ILHAN shadows Ilhan and her scrappy group of dedicated campaignstaffers throughout the entire campaign’s dramatic uphill battle. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star and a vision of what is truly possible for women and New Americans in politics today.
Followed by a conversation with local New Mainers holding or running for elected office. Pious Ali, Portland City Councillor. Deqa Dhalac, South Portland City Council candidate. Abusana “Micky” Bondo, Portland School Board candidate.