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Worldwide, talented filmmakers brave threats and danger to capture moving stories about human rights abuse, resistance and struggle.

Their films have the power to examine the complexity of the human condition. These are stories that simply have to be told – these are the stories told at Reel Awareness.

Amnesty International Toronto brings together inspiration and information in a collection of must-see films and documentaries where there will be guest speakers, panel discussions and opportunities to take action on a variety of important human rights issues that are facing our world today.

  • Prison Sisters

    Dir: Nima Sarvestani, 2017, Sweden

    • 2018/03/27 7:00PM
      Gladstone Hotel
      1214 Queen Street West
      Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

    Amnesty International Film Festival Presents PRISON SISTERS

    Join us for a night that showcases human resiliency and learn about brutal reality that women face in the Afghan prison system.

    The film takes us through the journey of two young women who have been released from prison in Afghanistan. Outside prison, the respite they experienced behind bars is replaced with death threats and violence. Sara’s uncle intends to kill her IN an attempt to reclaim his honor in their small village. Fearing for her life Sara escapes to Sweden where she applies for asylum but Najibeh stays behind. Meanwhile her prison-mate Najibeh disappears and soon Sara hears that she was stoned to death. Sara and the filmmaker want to find out the truth, only to encounter a maze of half- truths on the streets of Afghanistan. We follow the two main characters, revealing what happened to them – each with an exceptional fate depicting the horrific reality for women in Afghanistan.

    There will be a Q&A after the screening with Sabrina Saqeb, co-founder of the Institute for Rethinking Policies and the Research Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Afghanistan.

    Where: Gladstone Hotel
    When: Tuesday March 27th at 7pm ( doors open 6:30pm)
    Tickets $10 at the door

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