Set in 1998 Turkey, The Final Exam is a classroom drama based on actual events. Upholding new academic policy, a university professor tells a devout young Muslim woman to remove her headscarf in order to write a final exam. Seeing her distress, the young man beside her finds a “strategic” way to guard her privacy. (2020/11:23/Turkish with English Subtitles)
DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT: The Final Exam is a creative response to the passing of Bill 21 in the province of Québec in Canada, legislation that prohibits public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols while on duty. This short classroom drama speaks powerfully to systemic injustice and the undermining of religious rights, personal rights, and women’s rights around the world.
The Final Exam was completed in May 2020 and is presently reserved for festival screenings only. Once the film’s festival run is complete, it will be available for viewing online.