Film Crew

A Thousand Girls Like Me

Director and Producer

Sahra Mani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Lecturer at University and the founder of Afghanistan Documentary House.

She started working in media from 2001 with the goal of using media as a catalyst for good. Since, got her Master in Documentary film making from University of the Arts London she has focuses on creating documentaries centered around her own country Afghanistan, that lack democracy and equality.

Director Statement

I am a young Afghan woman living in Kabul. I am part of a society that has the highest rates of domestic violence and gender inequality in the world. I can see it. I can feel it. And I have access to it in ways others don’t.

Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Getting justice for a victim of rape, or incest, is almost impossible. Some cases are highlighted in the media, but many remain unknown. My film wants to highlight the necessity for making ‘unknown’ cases known and confirm our need to fight against social ills and injustice against women.

We want to give voice to all victims of rape and incest in the world, especially in a society like Afghanistan, and we want to stop violence against women.

What’s important to me is not to focus on the suffering but to focus even more on how that suffering is a rallying cry for change. How we as women are fighting for change whenever we live.

Director Statement

I am a young Afghan woman living in Kabul. I am part of a society that has the highest rates of domestic violence and gender inequality in the world. I can see it. I can feel it. And I have access to it in ways others don’t.

Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Getting justice for a victim of rape, or incest, is almost impossible. Some cases are highlighted in the media, but many remain unknown. My film wants to highlight the necessity for making ‘unknown’ cases known and confirm our need to fight against social ills and injustice against women.

We want to give voice to all victims of rape and incest in the world, especially in a society like Afghanistan, and we want to stop violence against women.

What’s important to me is not to focus on the suffering but to focus even more on how that suffering is a rallying cry for change. How we as women are fighting for change whenever we live.

Production House

Afghanistan Doc House is a documentary film company based in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was founded by Kabul University Film Professor Sahra Mani in 2009 to give voice to the women of Afghanistan. The goal of Afghan Doc House is to help global audiences develop a better understanding of Afghanistan and to engage in solutions-based filmmaking that helps pave the way for a safer society for the next generation. It is important for us to record for history the fight for women’s rights and justice in Afghanistan.

Editor

Giles Gardner has spent over 20 years working in post-production. After an early stint in television working on Janet Street Porters ground breaking TV Magazine Show Network 7 Giles Gardner went on to study Photography Film and Television at the Polytechnic of Central London. Upon graduating he worked as an assistant film editor at Pinewood Studios with an array of international film-makers such as James Ivory, Gillis McKinnon, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Fred Schepisi and Jean- Jacques Annaud. Relocating to Paris in 2000 to edit a feature film for Merchant Ivory Productions, he stayed on, had a family and now lives and works in France full time, editing primarily French produced documentaries and drama.

He has contributed to the ‘Emergence’ and ‘Greenhouse’ film programs as a mediating editor. In 2017 he edited Sundance world documentary winner ‘Winnie’ by Pascale Lamche, about the life of Winnie Mandela. He is currently finishing a feature documentary with acclaimed director Peter Webber.