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Time for Ilhan

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu follows Somali American's first political campaign.

Movie NR 2019 89 minutes
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Norah Shapiro's good fortune (or clairvoyance) in opting to film Ilhan Omar's first run for office has resulted in the inspirational story of an underdog candidate on her way to national prominence. And, despite the fact that the outcome is well-known, both the situations and the adept filmmaking make the journey suspenseful. Released in a culture of fear of "the other," Time for Ilhan also serves to give viewers an enlightened portrait of an Islamic woman: her devotion to family and community, and her faith. Ilhan herself proves to be a formidable politician despite her delicate stature, her likability, and the newness of her venture. Ilhan's kids couldn't be more "all-American" or more adorable. Best of all, the movie is a jubilant salute to the landmark diversity of the 2018 U.S. elections.

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