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A Map Of My Heart, a documentary by Lisa Herndon and Muzghan Rasul, is the story of Ayesha, a 25-year-old Bengali American Muslim, who is torn between her traditional Bengali parents and her American boyfriend.

To help find answers and to challenge the gender inequalities she believes are in her religion and culture, Ayesha starts The Burqa Project, a photography series,  that she is keeping a big secret from her parents.  She asks Muslim and non-Muslim men to wear a burqa for a day and photographs them as they go about their daily lives.

The film was funded by The deGroot Foundation, The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Tianran Zhang composed the music.

Scenes from A Map Of My Heart

"I don't know if I am more American or more Bengali," said Ayesha. She explains the conflict she feels between her traditional Bengali family and being raised in an American culture.

Ayesha has done something no traditional Bengali Muslim woman does! She cut her long luxurious hair into a short pixie haircut. "Your hair is your beauty if you are a woman in Bangladesh. It's very particularly emphasized," Ayesha explained. Find out the shocking reactions from her mother and father.

"I am Muslim and I wanted my children to be around other Muslims," said Ayesha's mother, a traditional Bengali woman. She feels her daughter is too influenced by American culture. Will Ayesha follow the wishes of her parents?