A Thousand Girls Like Me

Film Synopsis

Our story begins in 2014 when, appearing on a national television show, Khatera publicly accuses her father: for more than 13 years, Khatera suffered physical abuse and repeated rape at the hands of her father, resulting in numerous pregnancies. Most of Khatera’s pregnancies were abruptly ended when her father forced her to abort, but two reached full term. Khatera’s three-year-old daughter, Zainab, was spared this horror, but Khatera fears for her and her unborn child.

Despite Khatera’s many attempts to file charges against her father for his crimes, neither the Afghan police nor the legal system helped her. With her television show, she finally succeeds in bringing her case to justice; yet this brave action turns her family and the community against her and her mother. Her uncles have their own idea of justice and believe that the death of Khatera and her daughter will end the shame on their family and exonerate their brother.

Despite the fact that her father finally gets arrested and Khatera has the signatures of 30 neighbors and the local Mullah corroborating that they were aware that Halim was sexually abusing his daughter, the court ignores this evidence. 

Far from being dissuaded, Khatera intensifies her efforts to seek justice and ensures her father doing no further harm. She finds Nahid, an attorney who makes a stronger case, based on a DNA test proving that Khatera’s children are her siblings, too. Nahid begins a court case that breaks legal ground and all looks promising for a conviction.
In 2016, Khatera finally succeeds in getting her father sentenced . As the family threats intensify, the only remedy for Khatera and her children is to leave the country.