Eleven

Sonia Madrid and María Guerra | Spain | 2015 | 13 mins
On a day like any other, Chila Huerta wakes up her three children and abandons the house that she shares with her husband. The town is left to wonder what secrets Chila is hiding.

Sunglasses

Mustafa Kia | Afghanistan | 2009 | 3 mins
For a young Afghan woman, a pair of sunglasses symbolizes a life she may never lead — still, she yearns.

Islak

Zümrüt Çavuşoğlu | Turkey | 2008 | 10 mins
A university student is forbidden from entering her university because she is wearing a headscarf.

Spring ’89

Ayten Amin | Egypt | 2009 | 26 mins
In the confusion of burgeoning sexuality, Camelia and Sarah share an object of desire to the detriment of their friendship.

Tabu

Parang Khezri | Iran | 2010 | 5 mins
Confined and contained for being born a woman, there is little to do while waiting still.

Again Life

Hassan Fazeli | Afghanistan | 2009 | 14 mins
Having lost a limb in a mine explosion, an Afghan woman perseveres in her dream to hold political office to change her reality and that of her compatriots.

Aabida

Maaria Syed | India | 2013 | 26 mins
Aabida loses her husband in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and struggles with the guilt over feeling relieved and free now that she is no longer in her marriage.

In the Morning

Danielle Lurie | USA | 2005 | 10 mins
When a young Turkish girl is raped, the responsibility of restoring her family’s lost honor is left in the hands of her younger brother, a thirteen-year-old boy.

We Are Postmodern

Alka Sadat | Afghanistan | 2010 | 5 mins
Poverty of all kinds plagues a young girl and her mother. Only a young boy sees their suffering and offers succor.

Swap

Sayed Masoud Islami | Afghanistan | 2013 | 11 mins
A family with two young daughters decides to leave Afghanistan because of the deteriorating security situation. In order to afford the family’s escape, the father sells the eldest girl into marriage.

In the Name of Opium

Sayed Jalal Husseini | Afghanistan | 2013 | 8 mins
Afghanistan is often depicted as a “Narcostate” with the all-too-normal daily headlines reporting drug deals gone awry; corrupt law enforcement agents that lose family members in the crossfire; and young girls sold to subsidize a father’s habit. Easily forgotten are the very real people caught in a vicious cycle.

Farzana’s Story

Raheel Waqar | Pakistan | 2013 | 3 mins
Decided by family elders who are not concerned about the injustice women face, forced marriages are a kind of mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable behavior. 

Mr. Fazili’s Wife

Hassan Fazeli | Afghanistan | 2013 | 14 mins
A mother begs on the street for the sake of her daughter who is in need of an operation to keep her from going blind. The mother does everything in her power not to sell her body for the love of her child.

The Virginity Minarets

Farhad Rezaee | Afghanistan | 2013 | 13 mins
A young girl seeks shelter in a local mosque that sadly delivers her directly into the grasp of scandal and danger.

City of Dust

Jamil Jalla | Afghanistan | 2013 | 13 mins
Although nobody approves of their relationship, two lovers in Kabul try to live their lives together. They dream of starting anew somewhere far away from anyone who knows them. But it’s not that easy.

The Unknown

Ghafar Falzyar | Afghanistan | 2013 | 14 mins
After hearing that foreign military forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan in 2014, a reporter fears for her family members.

Domino

Farzan Ghaemmagham | Iran | 2013 | 21 mins
Seated next to her husband Hanif, the only place where Ghazale can scream in anguish is on a roller coaster; screams that will fall on deaf ears when it matters most.

End of the Story

Ghafar Azad | Afghanistan | 2013 | 12 mins
On their wedding night, Roya’s husband is taken to prison by American troops. She hopes for her husband’s return, but Roya’s brother is anxious to have her remarried. Will Roya be forced into an arranged marriage against her will?

When the Dust Settles

Pouria Siminpour | Iran | 2013 | 16 mins
In her misery and loneliness, a young divorcée spies on her neighbor, a prostitute with a steady stream of male visitors but who lives independent of men.

Darya’s Dream

Jamil Jalla | Afghanistan | 2013 | 19 mins
Two sisters, Roya and Darya, dream of starting anew, but when Roya’s boss accuses her of theft she is left vulnerable to his sexual advances without recourse.