A Thousand Girls Like Me

A Thousand Girls Like Me
Afghanistan, France
Focus: Afghanistan
Sahra Mani
Nicole Levigne
Giles Gardner
Sahra Mani
Distribution info: 
First Hand Films
Full Frame FF 2019 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

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, which finally brought 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. A story of bravery, love, hope and resilience.

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Sahra Mosawi-Mani is an award-winning documentary flmmaker, university lecturer and the founder of the Afghanistan Documentary House. She started working in media in 2001 with the goal of using media as a catalyst for good. She has got her Masters Degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of the Arts in London. She focuses on creating documentaries centered around her country of origin, Afghanistan, which lacks democracy and equality.