We’re very moved and proud to announce the winner of IFEMA Audience Award 2019. The winner is a celebrated documentary about a young, pregnant women determined to have her father sentenced for rape, in a country where rape was legal until 2009; A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME!

The director Sahra Mosawi-Mani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Lecturer at University and the founder of Afghanistan Documentary House. She started working in media from 2001 with the goal of using media as a catalyst for good. Since, got her Master in Documentary film making from University of the Arts London she has focuses on creating documentaries centered around her own country Afghanistan, that lack democracy and equality.

I am a young Afghan woman living in Kabul. I am part of a society that has the highest rates of domestic violence and gender inequality in the world. I can see it. I can feel it. And I have access to it in ways others don’t. Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Getting justice for a victim of rape, or incest, is almost impossible. Some cases are highlighted in the media, but many remain unknown. My film wants to highlight the necessity for making ‘unknown’ cases known and confirm our need to fight against social ills and injustice against women. We want to give voice to all victims of rape and incest in the world, especially in a society like Afghanistan, and we want to stop violence against women. What’s important to me is not to focus on the suffering but to focus even more on how that suffering is a rallying cry for change. How we as women are fighting for change whenever we live. – Sahra Mani

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