A Thousand Girls Like Me

  • Sahra Mani
  • Afghanistan, France
  • 2018
  • 54 min
  • IDFA School Program

The courage displayed by Khatera, an Afghan woman in her early twenties, should not be underestimated. Her father abused her throughout her childhood and got her pregnant several times, so she had a number of abortions and eventually gave birth to a daughter. Acting on the advice of a mullah, she told her story on a TV program and brought charges against her father. When the film begins, Khatera is pregnant again. The child she’s carrying is her evidence: proof that her father raped her.

Sexual violence against women became a punishable offense in Afghanistan in 2009. But in practice, women fear the possible consequences of bringing charges. Regrettably, Khatera’s story is a prime example of this phenomenon: she and her mother receive various threats, including from her own uncles, and they frequently have to move.

The film closely follows this valiant young woman and her mother, and shows how little support Khatera gets from her brothers, who knew the whole time what was going on but didn’t intervene. It all serves to reinforce the extent to which Afghan women must fend for themselves.

Credits

  • 54 min
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Farsi
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Sahra Mani
Production
Nicole Levigne for Les Films du Tambour de Soie
Co-production
Afghanistan Doc House, Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Marmitafilms, First Hand Films
Cinematography
Sahra Mani
Editing
Giles Gardner

IDFA history

2019
Screened
IDFA School Program
2018
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
2017
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
2016
Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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