‘When people see me they see a criminal Arab guy, that’s the first thing they get in their head. I wake up every day after two o’clock. Go out at three. Three hours later the sun is down. It’s a disgusting feeling. I don’t do anything, I don’t make my parents proud … I always walk around with a bad feeling … It’s painful.’
Nineteen year old Iraqi Noor, talking to Joseph Rodriguez about his life dealing hash on the streets of Malmo.
This week on OPEN EYE (a duckrabbit/bbc series on the BBC) the acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez turned his lens on a group of young Muslims growing up in the city of Malmo, Sweden.
Malmo is a city increasingly divided on racial, religious and cultural grounds, and one in which Joseph discovers many young Muslims feel they are treated as second class citizens.
In three visits to Malmo Joseph has been documenting what it means to grow up as ‘ the other’ in areas of Malmo that many Swedes (wrongly) think are too dangerous to visit.
The BBC copy of the photofilm is embeddable, so can be shared, but the BBC went a bit heavy on the compression so please take time to watch the quality version above. As ever we appreciate your comments, tweets and Facebook shares.