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Freedom Fighters

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Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Publication Date: 2018
Language: Urdu
Book webpage: https://www.videoproject.com/Freedom-Fighters.html
Abstract: PRESENTED BY THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Pakistan routinely is ranked among the most dangerous countries for women. Much of the nation is extremely conservative, with women often subjected to violence at the hands of men. Repercussions are minimal, and more than half of Pakistani women who experience violence say nothing out of shame and fear. Freedom Fighters follows three brave women who are speaking out against inequality and pushing for equal rights in their country.  The short film interweaves the stories of Tabassum Adnan, Saima Sharif and Syeda Ghulam Fatima as they strive to create a more just country for their fellow citizens. Adnan was sold as a child bride but eventually gained her freedom and now seeks justice for abused women also trapped in marriages with a historic female “jirga,” a gathering of influential elders who make decisions on cases brought by members of the community. Sharif is the only woman in her village to have joined the police force. In the wake of the death of her brother, who also was a police officer, she joins the Elite Force, an antiterrorism unit that assists the police. Fatima works to eradicate bonded labor and child labor, especially within the brick kiln industry. She has helped to free an estimated 80,000 people from slavery.  Each woman faces personal risk for her chosen path, but none waver in the face of adversity. Verite sequences and 2D animation help to tell the stories of these powerful women and the victims they have helped in their journey to challenge the status quo. 
Subject Keywords: Pakistan, Human rights, Women's Rights, Antiterrorism, Labor Rights, Slavery
Distributor: Video Project
Genre: Documentary
Format: DVD
Running Time: 33 minutes