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.
Jeeti Pooni, Kira Pooni, Salakshana Pooni
Carmen Pollard, Jessica Dymond
National Film Board of Canada
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.