Iron-willed in the face of cultural and familial pressures, a courageous young Afghan woman forces her father to stand trial for years of sexual abuse—and exposes a sexist justice system and the plight of women at its mercy.
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Once in a while I see a film like this one and it's so incomparable to anything else, such a freshwater pearl of truth and dignity, that it puts everything else, all the films, all the life into perspective. I felt horror, heartache and hope, all over the course of 80 minutes of raw, unapologetic glimpses into the life of a smart, strong and beautiful young woman who has suffered a lifetime of abuse.
Very eloquent visual style, plain, unadorned, direct, clear-eyed, and an important document. Thank you, Mubi. We need to see far more films by women here on Mubi, many more films from other worlds, many more films that have nothing to do with “auteurs” . . .
"Every woman in this country has a hundred owners. It's always been like this. Fathers, brothers, uncles, neighbors. They all believe they have the right to speak on our behalf and make decisions for us. That's why our stories are never heard but buried with us underground." - Khatera
One can make sly jokes about "Chinatown," but this documentary goes far beyond Hollywood fare. The constant threat of death that women in Afghanistan have to endure if they speak out about their attackers is immense. Misogny is truly the enforcement arm of the patriarchy.That these women still wake up every day and carry on is amazing. I hope the mother has been able to survive since the film's release.
some movies catch on like memes (and some, like the dark knight, catch like wildfire)....maybe movies like this should catch on instead...the saddest part of this redemption song? the protag's thought that there are "thousands of girls like her" is probably a low estimate...
Not since Dear Zachary have I seen a such powerful story of pain and hardship. I can't imagine the suffering that they've gone through. The film does a great job in slowly and surprisingly showing new information.