Because We Are Girls, a feature-length, intimate documentary about three Canadian Punjabi sisters from British Columbia, has been released by the National Film Board of Canada.
The film is made by Baljit Sangra and revolves around three sisters who hold a deep secret inside them. The sisters, during their childhood days, were sexually abused by an older relative. After nearly two and a half decades of holding this dark secret inside them, they finally decide to speak up. The reason - they want to protect other young relatives and also set an example for their own daughters.
An empowering, cinematic, feminist and hope story, Because We Are Girls shows how an entire family, including parents, partners, children and as a matter of fact the entire family gets impacted by sexual violence. This documentary is produced by Selwyn Jacob, who is a top 75 finalist this year.
This film will have its world premiere in Toronto during the Hot Docs Film Festival (May 1-3) and will open the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver (May3-7).