These are vital stories that need to be told; however, the manner in which these stories are extracted from their subjects sours the impact. The constant protests of "I don't want to re-live this pain" and "It's too hurtful to recall these memories," while speaking volumes to the unspeakable acts committed to these women, also color the film with an exploitative tone once the stories are forced out.
Like a page ripped from the Torah, but within living memory. Bearing witness to unbearable experiences. All the textures and the sounds extremely loud and incredibly close, like some of the harshness is being ground off on you (although with the painful awareness that your bearing witness grinds away nothing, that if a woman cannot heal by 100 she won't be healed by 101). Many of the women didn't want to speak at all
Shining a light on the pain and damage caused by the "tradition" of child marriage (in this case, specifically in Yemen), this documentary details a number of cases through conversations between mothers and their adult children. The subject matter deserves a slightly better, and perhaps more in-depth, approach but this is worth a watch nonetheless.
This film gives visibility to a brutal social convention, a heartless practice kept alive through millenia, not specific of one single culture. The film does not dive deep into a more broader context but focuses primarily on the sheer pain and shame pouring from the eyes of the victims. It is simply those eyes what make us understand the level of abuse and subjugation inflicted to women through history.