HIJABSTA Ballet deserves some credit for showcasing a female protagonist in a rare role; rare for a local movie anyway. For once, she is not struggling to win the love of another man or find someone to marry. Nor is she in danger of getting set up for abuse or sits around crying for someone to rescue her.
Newcomer Maimun Puteh plays Adele, a ballerina who faces opposition from all sides when she refuses to take off her hijab.
Ballet purists dictate that a hijab can’t be part of her dance costume. So Adele sets out to prove them wrong. But is the movie audience curious enough to see how Adele fares in her battle? That depends.
Can you tolerate wooden acting, badly-written lines and poor execution of storytelling in a longwinded drama?
The makers of Hijabsta Ballet bravely try to tackle a number of bold issues. Sadly there is not much substance in the way it tells the struggles of a modern Muslim woman.
The movie merely scratches the surface of extremism, art of dance and in the end, couldn’t quite present a convincing moderate solution for everyone. Still, if you’re looking for something different then Hijabsta Ballet might just be your thing.