ReelLife Film Series: A Thousand Girls Like Me

February 27, 2019

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul organized "ReelLife", a three-part film series in collaboration with Koç University’s Media and Visual Arts Department and the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, to discover films from around the world through the lens of compelling stories and conversations. Each screening was followed by a discussion about the film and its social issues with filmmakers and experts.

The first film, “A Thousand Girls Like Me,” (2018, Sahra Mani, 80 min, Persian with English subtitles) was screened on February 27 at ANAMED (Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations). It is about an Afghan young woman, abused by her father since she was four. She has had one child, two miscarriages and is pregnant with her fourth child when she goes to the law to seek justice. Her family and community blame her. Khatera lives in hiding, moving from house to house when she fears her identity is at risk.

A lively discussion followed the screening with Sahra Mani Mosawi, filmmaker; Bharati Sadasivam, UNDP Gender Equality Expert; and Ayşen Ufuk Sezgin, Professor, Istanbul University Department of Forensic Medicine.