Because we are girls

Saturday, October 19th  I    85 Minutes    I    Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

Documentary   I   85 Minutes  I  Canada

Join us for a panel discussion after the film with Director Baljit Sangra in attendance,

including special guests, Moderated by Kulbinder Saran Caldwell. 


Baljit Sangra



Jeeti Pooni, Kira Pooni, Salakshana Pooni


Grant Baldwin



Carmen Pollard, Jessica Dymond



Selwyn Jacob


Production Company

National Film Board of Canada


Baljit Sangra


Katja De Bock


After decades of silence, Three sisters from a conservative South Asian family reveal that they were sexually abused by an older relative, as they work to confront the cultural systems that make this issue taboo within their community. 


Director Baljit Sangra follows Jeeti, Kira, and Salakshana, not only as they take their abuser to trial, but more importantly as they work up the courage to confront their parents on why something like this was allowed to happen within their home. We take a journey through their past with home videos and Bollywood movies that help to examine the toxic ideas that demanded their silence, hoping to chart a better path for their own daughters. These three women aren’t afraid to question the import afforded to men in South Asian cultures. In a unique portrait of sexual abuse survivors, Because We Are Girls gives no oxygen to the abuser or his crimes, instead focusing on the healing process for the victims and the struggle to openly discuss this issue within their family and community.

Join us for a panel discussion after the film, moderated by Kulbinder Saran Caldwell, including some special guests to talk about South Asian community health as it relates to the film. 


Content Warning: Sexual abuse and assault


Language: English, Punjabi


Co-presented with Hot Docs.

WATCH THE trailer below:

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Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses documentary and factual entertainment to explore social and cross-cultural issues. A three-time Leo Award nominee, Sangra’s films have routinely premiered at festivals around the world. Her most recent project is the NFB-produced feature documentary Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a family. Her previous documentaries include Hockey United, which follows two amateur South Asian hockey players with their eyes on the NHL; the award-winning Many Rivers Home, a personal story about seniors living in assisted care at the end of life; and Warrior Boyz, examining the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of BC’s Lower Mainland. Sangra has previously sat on the board of the Documentary Organization of Canada and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

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