A Thousand Girls Like Me
An inspiring documentary portrait of a young Afghani woman, who after being raped and impregnated repeatedly by her father, is determined to see him brought to justice.
"An extraordinary film follows Khatera, an Afghan woman trying to bring her rapist father to justice. The details are grueling, but she shines."—The Guardian
A Thousand Girls Like Me is, without question, one of the most inspiring films in the festival. The heroine of this story is 23-year-old Khatera, an Afghan woman who has suffered more than a decade of physical and sexual abuse by her father, resulting in two children and multiple aborted pregnancies. Despite a judicial system in which women who pursue such cases are more likely to be incriminated than vindicated, she is determined to bring him to justice. After seeking help from a dozen religious leaders, one finally advises her to take her story public. When she is interviewed on television, the journalist interrogates her as to why she didn't report the abuse sooner. When her case goes to court, the judge accuses her of lying. Her own brothers blame her for dishonoring the family; her uncles threaten her and her mother with death. In spite of this overwhelming cultural, legal, and familial pressure, still she perseveres, on behalf of her daughter and her mother and the thousands of young women like her. A remarkable story of courage and resilience against all odds.
Sahra Mosawi-Mani grew up as an Afghan refugee in Iran before immigrating to England at 22 to study cinema. She received a Master's degree in documentary filmmaking from the University of London and has primarily focused on making documentaries about her native Afghanistan. Feminism has become an integral element of her work, since growing up in a conservative environment made it difficult to ignore clear injustices.
- Director: Sahra Mosawi-Mani
- Country: Afghanistan, France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 76 minutes
- Producer: Nicole Levigne, Khosraw Mani, Sahra Mosawi-Mani, Martin Vidalenc
- Screenplay: Sahra Mosawi-Mani
- Cinematographers: Sahra Mosawi-Mani
- Editors: Giles Gardner
- Music: Sahra Mosawi-Mani
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Sedona Film Festival (Best Foreign Documentary)
- Filmography: Beyond The Burka (Doc, 2014); Kaloo School (Doc, 2012)
- Language: Farsi
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Women Make Movies
- International Sales: First Hand Films