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July 30th, 2009
Contestant No. 2
Full Episode
Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze religion. When she sets her sights on the Miss Israel pageant, her tight-knit religious community balks. The pageant requires contestants to wear a bathing suit, an act that could disgrace her family and even put her in danger.
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  • Joey Mac

    Your videos are also blocked in Australia. That is even more lame!!!

  • kennard

    In America there is no absolute wrong or right towards religion.We should not look at other religions as being absolute wrong.Druze religion is centuries strong. Duah rebelled against a archaic system and lost more than just a right to bare arms.

  • DAVID NAVARRO

    IF WE WANT TO MOVE TO A BETTER LEVEL OF LIVING,
    THEN WE MUST HELP GIRLS LIKE DUAH ACHIEVE THEIR
    DREAMS.THE WELL BEING OF ALL WOMEN IS THE WELL OF
    ALL MEN.OUR LIVES CANNOT BE DICTATED BY THE
    RELIGIONS OR COUNTRIES THAT WE ARE BORN INTO.WE
    DECIDE EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES.ALL WOMEN NEED
    TO FIGHT TO ACHIEVE EQUALITY ,AND STOP ATTENDING
    RELIGIONS LIKE: ISLAM,CATHOLICISM,AND JUDAISM.THAT
    KEEP YOU IN MENTAL SLAVERY.YOU HELP YOUR JAILERS
    KEEP YOU IN JAIL.WHY?
    I WAS BORN INTO A ROMAN CATHOLIC
    FAMILY.MANY SUNDAYS, MY BELOVED GRANDMOTHER WOULD
    TAKE ME OR MY DEAR SISTER TO CHURCH.BUT ONLY
    RECENTLY DID I LEARNED FROM MY SISTER, THAT WHEN
    SHE WENT TO MASS,BOTH SHE AND OUR GRANDMA WOULD
    GET ON THEIR KNEES AND MARCH ON THE CEMENT FLOOR
    TO REACH THE ALTAR.I WAS SURPRISED ,BECAUSE I
    NEVER HAD TO SCRAPE MY KNEES TO REACH ANY ALTAR.
    LIFE WAS BOUNDLESS FOR ME,BUT RESTRICTIVE TO MY
    SISTER.HERE BEGINS THE INEQUALITY.TODAY MY
    SISTER IS STILL A ROMAN CATHOLIC AND I’M A FREE
    THINKER.
    DAVID NAVARRO

  • Tom

    I watched the Documentary and read the comments.
    I take away alot from it, but how is Duah and her family doing?

  • louay

    I just watched the film it was sad and amazing and I hope to see more Documentary films about the Durze in Syria because I feel people should know about them.

  • Felix

    Duah is between two forces. The first one, she is following a career a dream, but her own dream has been taken away for a Stupid religion and non sense believes. The second one, her own life was threaten by some religionists cowers. She is a pretty woman with a lot of potentials, if she moves somewhere else to a different Country for example. I honestly wish her the best and wish her to get off from that circle where she has grown up and explore the World… and I am sure she will be reestablish to the pad of the dream she is looking for.

  • eliZa

    i pose the same question as Tom. i watched this on tv a few months ago and only found this link to the full episode (happily, because now i can share it) searching for news.

  • Dave in Louisiana

    I am a high school teacher and watched this with my classes of 16 and 17 year olds.Great video and my kids loved it! They were split on how they would proceed if in “Angelina’s” shoes. I prefaced my lesson with a CNN reprt on an honor killing in England by a Muslim father against his daughter.It brought home the harsh reality of the plight of young girls in the Islamic culture of some areas of the world. WIDE ANGLE is a great tool for an educator and I am thankful to PBS for all it does to help teachers reach students.

  • Yara Syrian Druze in Texas

    Giving your life up for a dream is noble. It took tremendous courage for her to try to continue in the pageant.. If it was Duah who had to endure the consequences of her decisions, she could have stayed in the pageant. However, her mom and her sister and even her brother would have had their lives altered drastically had she continued. Her brother, years later, would have had to endure constant shame and ridicule..Her sister would grow up and be known as the girl who’s sister shamed the village. You can’t fight a whole society or culture. Every society has rules that must be obeyed.

    I feel the documentary was deliberately trying to put the conservatism about girls in the middle east in a negative light. The culture of the society is much more complicated than what the documentary shows.

  • Carol Cook

    Oh darlin’ girl… I’m so sorry.

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