Muhr Awards Documentaries
Egypt / 2006 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / HDCam / 68 minutes
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Egyptian-Canadian director Tahani Rached depicts society's failure to protect its youngsters in this painful story of three young women living on the streets of Cairo. One is pregnant and her father is threatening to kill her - though you wonder whether this rage is because of his feelings of humiliation, or because his daughter is no longer able to bring him money out of her occasional prostitution. One of the girls, Tala, has adapted better than the other two, although she lives a rootless, devastated existence. This is a bleak look at a reality that needs to be viewed and understood, and is a call for us to take responsibility to bring the situation to an end. The film contains strong language.


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