Documentary Feature | 89 minutes

HIFF 2018

 World Cinema Documentary

Directed by
Norah Shapiro

Produced by
Jennifer Steinman Sternin, Chris Newberry, Norah Shapiro

2018 | English/Somali | USA

On November 8, 2016, Ilhan Omar—a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three—made history as the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to legislative office in the United States. With incredible access to Omar’s campaign, documentarian Norah Shapiro follows the candidate and her team on the trail as they attempt to unseat the 43-year incumbent in a hard-fought race to represent the country’s largest Somali community. At a time of tremendous political turmoil, TIME FOR ILHAN intimately chronicles the inspiring journey of one of the nation’s brightest rising political stars and offers a fresh perspective on the American Dream.