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Holding Fire

Somia Elrowmeim is a Yemeni immigrant—and American citizen—fighting for the rights of Muslims in South Brooklyn at a time of unprecedented Islamophobia. The documentary "Holding Fire" follows her trajectory as a rising activist.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Somia works to galvanize the Arab and Muslim vote to flip one of the last Republican seats in New York City. As she gains recognition and considers a bigger role in politics, she must also contend with gender expectations from a conservative society. This film by Hana Elias and Eleonore Voisard provides a behind-the-scenes look at grassroots organization among a new generation of Muslim women whose activism may determine the future of a community.

'Holding Fire' Documentary Trailer

"Holding Fire" follows Somia Elrowmeim, a determined Muslim activist, as she navigates local politics and organizes her community in South Brooklyn at a time of unprecedented Islamophobia.