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Independent films by or about South Asian Women from all over the world
Changing Identities of South Asian Women

 NJISACF 2010 Sneak Peek
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Set in a Nepali village, Nabarsiyeko Jhari (A Silent Monsoon) reveals Durga's struggle to save her twelve-year-old daughter Laxmi from their profession of prostitution. Since her sister Parvati is the only breadwinner, Durga's mother decides to initiate Laxmi to save their hut from being taken by a moneylender. Durga, however, wants Laxmi to get an education and become a teacher. As night falls and the monsoon clouds gather, will Durga be able to fight the society and her fate, and set Laxmi free?

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Under the Taliban, the freedom of women in Afghanistan was almost entirely curbed. For five long years, they went through life veiled, preferably indoors, excluded from education and, of course, sports. Now that fundamentalists are no longer in power, some women are seizing their chance to do what they couldn't before. The women of the national soccer team play with covered arms and legs (and when the camera's rolling, with headscarves). Because of security, no other international team has ever come to play them in Afghanistan, and NATO's women soldiers are no match.
But then the national team gets invited to participate in a tournament at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad. For the soccer players, it's the first time that they will play a full-fledged game on a real soccer field. Afghan Girls Can Kick follows the players during practice and games, zooming in on the circumstances of the individual team members. Growing up under the repression of the Taliban regime, the girls are still living with daily danger and insecurity, but they are ambitious and hopeful about the future.

NJISACF 2010 | New Jersey Independent South Asian Film Festival 2010

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