Cut from a Different Cloth attempts to look at Afghan culture and offer a view into their world and beliefs. The film offers a very western look at how women cover themselves and does not make an adequate attempt to understand why women participate in this aspect of their culture. The film seems insensitive at times and could have been filmed in a way that allows for the opinions of the filmmakers to come through while also giving a deeper explanation of their beliefs.
Even though the film did seem insensitive at times, it was interesting to watch because I do not know a lot about Afghan culture. It was surprising to me how much responsibility the women of the family have to not shame their families. Also, how easy it seems like it is to shame the family and how women are punished for doing things that are not approved of. While I watched the film, I felt angry for these women because from my viewpoint, the men enforce certain ideals and religious beliefs yet they have no idea where in the Qu’ran they came from. However, I know that I do not have a full understanding of their culture and should try not to make such judgments. Also, this occurs frequently in other cultures and religions as well; people often do not read religious texts and simply follow the leaders of the religion.
The woman who lives with the Afghan family does not seem to try to understand their customs very much and acts disrespectfully when she is wearing the burqa. While I cannot say for sure how I would act, I would like to think I would have at least tried to understand why they participate in these customs and shown those customs more respect. Also, they did not really seem to talk about how some women feel empowered when they wear a burqa or hijab. This shows the western viewpoint of the film because it is likely hard for many westerners to see how this could be the case.