At a time when relationships between different cultures and faiths are under particular strain in the UK, My Week as a Muslim explores what it’s like to be Muslim in Britain today, to challenge some of the assumptions and prejudices that different communities have about each other.
In one-off documentary My Week As A Muslim, Katie, from a predominantly white town in the North West, gets to know Saima, who lives just a short drive away in Manchester. Saima wants to challenge Katie’s commonly-held views about Muslim people. To do this, Saima, a British born Muslim with Pakistani heritage, invites Katie to spend a week living in the heart of Manchester’s Pakistani Muslim community.
To enable Katie to meaningfully walk in Saima’s shoes, a team of specialist make-up and prosthetic artists transform Katie’s appearance, to look like she’s of Pakistani origin. In this way, Katie experiences first-hand what it is like to be a member of Saima’s community. Filmed during a particularly tense time in Manchester, as the city dealt with a recent terrorist attack, Katie experiences the impact of those events on Mancunians, particularly those in the Muslim community.
Executive Producers: Fozia Khan, Jenny Midl
Producer: Sam Ornbo
Production Company: The Garden
My Week As A Muslim airs Monday 23 October 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.