SATURDAY OCT 13 I 11:00AM I FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADA SQUARE CINEMA
CANADA 2018 I 54 MINS I ENGLISH I URDU I NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
3 SECONDS DIVORCE
Divorce! Uttered three times and it’s legal and final under Sharia Law. This is where Lubna finds herself, kicked out of the house with her infant son. Muslims do not have a codified Family Law in India. Shot verite style, we follow Lubna’s journey from disenfranchised to social activist. Inspiring and historic, sisterhood at it’s finest. Gender justice isn’t just for the West. It’s happening everywhere.
Divorce. Lubna’s husband said this one word, three times and threw her out the house along with their infant son. As per the prevailing sharia practice of triple or oral Divorce, this divorce was legal and final. In order to return to her husband, Lubna was asked to undergo halala that requires the divorced woman to marry another man, let him ‘consummate this marriage’ and then divorce her before she can remarry her original husband. 3 Seconds Divorce’ tells Lubna’s story as she reels under the effects of triple-divorce and finds her way into Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, an Indian muslim women’s group fighting for reforms to Muslim family law with focus on ban on triple-divorce. However, Muslim faith leaders are adamant and accuse the muslim women of pandering to the agenda of Hindu right. Under resourced and out-numbered, the women continue the struggle against all odds and celebrate small victories. The documentary follows Lubna and the members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan in this bitter-sweet journey. Shot over three years, the story is told through a mix of verité, interviews, archival images and animation. Although the practice of triple-divorce and halala are prevalent in many Muslim dominated countries like Pakistan, the documentary focuses on the issue in India as the socio-political circumstances of the country with Muslims as the largest minority add a unique perspective to the story.
Principle casts: Lubna Choudhary, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Zakia Soman
Shazia Javed is an award-winning film Producer and Director. She is also the owner and
founder at LifeSketch Media Inc. Shazia has directed with the National Film Board and her
work has screened at prestigious film-festivals such as Hot Docs, DOXA, Global Visions
and Durban International. Shazia’s work brings to focus underrepresented perspectives
from the communities that she is a part of. Her past works include Namrata, Can you hear
me?, and #WeSayKnow. 3 Seconds Divorce is her first long-form documentary.
Producers: Shazia Javed, Co-Producer: Babita Ashiwal
Editors: Sara Cabrera-Aragon