A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018)

FFF2019 / Film

Screening on 22 September 2019 8:00 pm

  Viewers discretion is advised

Sahra Mosawi-Mani

Film Director

80

Minutes Runtime

Country of Origin

Afghanistan

Film Language

Farsi

Film Subtitle(s)

English & BM

‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ is an awe-inspiring vérité documentary that tells the story of a young Afghan woman’s brave fight to seek justice and protect her children after experiencing years of abuse at the hands of her father.

Khatera Golzad’s father physically and sexually abused her for more than thirteen years, and after several aborted pregnancies, she gave birth to a daughter and a son. Despite her many attempts to file charges, neither the Afghan police nor the legal system helped her. In 2014, she appeared on national television to publicly accuse her father, finally succeeding in bringing her case to court despite threats from male relatives and judges who labelled her a liar.

Shedding light on the broken Afghan judicial system and the women it seldom protects, ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ is the story of one woman’s battle against cultural, familial, and legal pressures as she embarks on a mission to set a positive example for her daughter and other girls like her. In a country where the systematic abuse of girls is rarely discussed, Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani’s film is ultimately a story of bravery, love, hope and resilience.

The film screening of ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ and talk is organised in collaboration with Sisters in Islam (SIS).

‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ (Seribu Gadis Seperti Saya) adalah sebuah dokumentari sebenar yang menginspirasikan. Menceritakan tentang keberanian seorang gadis muda Afghan menuntut pembelaan dan mempertahankan anaknya selepas bertahun dianiaya bapanya.

Selama 13 tahun, bapa kepada Khatera Golzad telah menyeksanya secara fizikal dan seksual. Selepas beberapa kali mengugurkan anak, beliau akhirnya melahirkan sepasang anak lelaki dan perempuan. Biarpun beberapa kali cuba memfailkan dakwaan, polis Afghan dan sistem perundangan terus menggagalkan beliau. Pada 2014, beliau muncul di kaca televisyen untuk mendakwa bapanya di khalayak umum, lalu berjaya membawa kesnya ke pengadilan mahkamah biarpu berdepan ugutan dari saudara-mara dan hakim lelaki yang menggelarnya penipu. Mengangkat kisah kerosakan dan kegagalan sistem kehakiman Afghan melindungi kaum wanita,

‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ adalah sebuah kisah perjuangan seorang wanita berhadapan budaya, keluarga, dan tekanan undang-undang dalam menunjukkan contoh positif buat anak perempuannya dan ramai lagi gadis lain yang serupa. Dalam sebuah negara di mana penganiayaan terhadap anak gadis jarang dibincangkan, karya pembikin filem Sahra Mani ini adalah sebuah kisah tentang keberanian, cinta, harapan, dan ketabahan.

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