Brussels: Film screening & debate “What Tomorrow Brings” at the Festival des Libertés

A film by Beth Murphy
United States | 2017 | 76 min.
When: 25 October at 20:30
Where: Théâtre National, Bd Emile Jacqmain 111-115 - 1000 Brussels
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The screening will be followed by a debate with Guissou Jahangiri, FIDH Vice President, Executive Director OPEN ASIA/Armanshahr Foundation and co-founder/President of the Afghanistan International Women’s Film Festival-Herat 

In What Tomorrow Brings, director Beth Murphy documents life at an all-girls school in a small village in Afghanistan. The school, called the Razia Jan and Zabuli Education Center, was founded in 2009 in the face of community opposition and threats from the Taliban. Over the course of the film, viewers watch as the school overcomes immense obstacles in its quest to educate young girls. As viewers learn about the stories of students and faculty members, they also get a window into how the school’s broader community transforms as the school gains prominence.

What Tomorow Brings // Trailer FDL 2017 from BRUXELLES LAIQUE on Vimeo.

The school’s founder, Razia Jan, was born in Afghanistan, but studied and lived in the United States for much of her life. When she returned in 2002, she saw the degraded state of women’s rights and access to education in Afghanistan. This inspired her to establish her nonprofit, Razia’s Ray of Hope, which she used to raise money for her school. Today, the Razia Jan and Zabuli Education Center offers free education to over 500 girls each year, and is supported by many of the people in its surrounding community who originally opposed it.
What Tomorrow Brings illuminates the potential of motivated people like Razia Jan to make real change in their communities, and shows the incredible resilience of young girls eager to learn, no matter how difficult their circumstances. It will be screened during the Festival des Libertés at the Théâtre National on October 25th at 20:30.

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