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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tamer Samy Aziz | Egypt | 2013 | 12 mins
When a young and battered wife of a state police officer meets a young revolutionary poet, their lives change. In the irony of shared misery, they find hope.
Fatemeh Keihani | Iran | 2013 | 15 mins
Condemned to death by stoning for choosing a man to love, Shahrzad relives her life from death to childhood.
Nour Zaki | Egypt | 2014 | 11 mins
Nidal’s father is injured amidst the violent clashes in Tahrir Square at the start of 2011 uprising in Egypt. She must face the chaos in the heart of the square to save her father.
Farah Merani | Canada | 2013 | 13 mins
Anita, a modern Muslim woman who seems to have everything, remains deeply dissatisfied with her life-path. She makes a major decision believing that it will bring her happiness and opportunity, only to discover regret and loss.
Yunus Yildirim | Turkey | 2013 | 12 mins
Despite his reluctance to fulfill a cultural and social duty, Neco, a Kurdish nomad, sells his late brother’s wife in order to survive.
Aroop Dwivedi | India | 2014 | 13 mins
A mother’s devotion to her son is unceasing as she strives to give her son the best life she can, even if it means she will ultimately lose him and time will take her away from him.
Laila Hotait Salas | Lebanon | 2008 | 7 mins
With war ravaging Lebanon, in the private space of her home, Nadia paints to maintain a sense of normalcy until the chaos comes through her door.
Ayten Amin | Egypt | 2006 | 10 mins
Vengeance, jealousy, and betrayal push a first wife to sabotage the well being of her husband’s second wife.
Kefaya Diab | Jordan | 2008 | 7 mins
Laila is a neglected teenage girl but her life changes when she befriends an elderly garbage man in her neighborhood.