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Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival
September 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$14
“What Tomorrow Brings,” by Beth Murphy, winner of the Best of Fest Feature Documentary award for 2016, will be presented on September 25 at 7:30pm. A longtime Falmouth resident and a three-time Best of the Fest winner, Murphy is the founder of Principle Pictures, a Massachusetts production company. She has directed, written, and produced nearly 20 documentary films.
“What Tomorrow Brings” provides a look inside the Zabuli Girls’ School, the first all-girls’ school in the remote village of Deh’Subz, Afghanistan, where students and teachers are making possible what was once unthinkable. Girls’ lives and traditional attitudes are changed in unexpected ways as they are allowed to go to school for the very first time. The film traces the inter-connected stories of those who bring the school to life: students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan.
While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom to become lessons about tradition and time. They discover their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. Fathers, too, are learning. For many, the skepticism with which they once viewed girls’ education becomes intermingled with pride and enthusiasm. Still, strong patriarchal traditions remain and students struggle with forced engagements and fathers who take their own teenage brides. The story plays out at a critical moment in Afghanistan’s history when international security forces are leaving the country and the Taliban is increasingly exerting its power.
Tickets are $30 for three tickets, general admission, $25 for 2 tickets, general admission, $14 for one ticket general admission, $10 for students and veterans. For more information, visit www.artsonthecape.org