Screening of Film: A Thousand Girls Like Me, by Sahra Mani (2018). Khatera, a 23 year old Afghan woman, is a victim of sexual abuse from her father. She tells her story publicly on national TV, seeking punishment for her perpetrator and shedding light onto the faulty Afghan judicial system. This 76-minute documentary by Sahra Mani presents the awe-inspiring story of one woman’s battle against cultural, familial, and legal pressures as she embarks on a mission to obtain justice, setting a positive example for her daughter and other girls like her. To be followed by Q&A with faculty experts. Tickets will be available through the Wexner Center for the Arts.
This lecture is part of a larger project to bring Afghan women’s voices to the public more prominently through storytelling and theatre. The project, On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan, is directed by Lesley Ferris, Art and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University. Palindrome Productions produced several of the plays in London prior to this project. The first three plays, are based on stories written for the Huffington Post by Afghan women journalists who completed training through Sahar Speaks. Now Ohio State University is home to this project which will engage and build an intellectual community around the issues brought up in the plays.