Category: South Asia

Billu’s Struggle

Billu Rani lives in a remote village in the Barishal district of south Bangladesh, with no electricity and few modern amenities. But Billu now runs a highly successful restaurant business – thanks to financial help and training from a local

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South Asia, Bangladesh

Shakti: Empowerment

Sold by an uncle, and forced into prostitution in India by ruthless traffickers, Anu lived a life ‘in hell’ for two years before she escaped and returned home to Nepal. There, faced with ostracism and hostility from her community, Anu

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South Asia, India

Gender Bender

Ten year-old Kavita is a professional barber, shaving the beards of local men in her village. Twenty one year old Suhag Khemlani cleans the windows of skyscrapers in Mumbai, dangling from a harness thirty floors above ground level. Filmmaker, Poojita

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South Asia, India

From Pakistan with Love, Saneeya Hussain 1954-2005

Journalist, editor and environmental activist, Saneeya Hussain embodied ‘feminism’ and ‘women’s rights’ in the most un-dogmatic way, living life on her own terms and – in doing so – countering the trends that militate against women’s individual freedoms in Pakistan

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South Asia, Pakistan

A Bad Practice

Intercutting dramatisation with interviews, this film explores the illegal but wide-spread practice of BAD in Afghanistan, which allows a murderer’s family to ‘give’ away one of their daughters in marriage to a member of the victim’s family to atone for

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South Asia, Afghanistan

Sand in my Nostrils

In India today there are millions of missing girls, with official statistics showing just 90 girls born for every 100 boys. One reason for the fall in the number of girl children is the spread of ultra sound technology, now

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South Asia, India

Hina

Seventeen-year old Hina lives in Pakistan. She’s the youngest in a family of five sisters, and the first girl in her family ever to complete her education and contemplate a career – despite criticism from her widowed mother’s relatives. But

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South Asia, Pakistan

Vaastav: The Reality

Film-maker, Vinta Nanda’s, odyssey across India, uncovering the “bizarre realities” of women’s lives across the country.

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South Asia, India

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