Revealing the progress and fruits of Mukhtar’s labor, this powerful documentary tracks the school’s profound impact on the girls and families of Meerwala and shows how the crisis center empowers women seeking its help. An important look inside Pakistan, where the impact of Islamic fundamentalism is revealed and how women are fighting its oppressive and violent impact.
“This film is beautiful,…the heart of the film – the school and its students – takes an inspiring look forward, rather than backwards, that is the spirit of Mukhtaran Mai herself.”
“From the tragedy Mukhtaran Mai had to endure, we see the seeds she has sown in providing education and legal help to those who otherwise would be disenfranchised."
“Mukhtaran Mai is an inspiration to all who hope for a better life and expanded educational opportunities for women of the developing world.”
"Highly recommended. A must have for programs in women’s studies and Middle Eastern studies as well as for multicultural programs."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Jerusalem Film Festival
- International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)
- Starz Denver International Film Festival
- San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival
- Squardi Altrove
- Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival
- VII Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos
- Calgary Int'l Film Festival
Throughout her career in television and film throughout Europe, Catherine Ulmer has focused on international politics. Her films have screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Santiago Film Festival, among others. Past work includes MY CAREER IN THE CHURCH, DESPOBLADO, and WE WERE ALL ON THAT TRAIN, about the March 11, 2004, terrorist attack in Madrid. She is currently working on ANA NON, a fictional screenplay. (2/10)