Reclaiming Rights

Reclaiming Rights

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Farsi (Pashtun) with English subtitles

Hokouk is the word for "rights" in the language spoken by Afghan women. Reclaiming Rights follows a team of sassy Afghan lawyers and their clients, the young girls under the turquoise blue burqas, in and out of meetings and court appointments.

For the uneducated girls, words like "Section 183 of the Constitution" or "Item Number 12 of the Civil Rights" mean little. But from their lawyer's perspective, a window has opened. The opportunity to reclaim lost legal rights through courage and education has arrived. Sex, marriage, love and the law are explored as the girls share their stories to seek freedom with fellow Afghan and filmmaker, Brishkay Ahmed. The DVD includes both a play through and chaptered version and provides insight into the fight within Afghanistan to preserve human rights and the rule of law in a constitution that fell under pressure from the Taliban.

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