Doco on women’s prison
Next week’s feature for Massey’s Arts on Wednesday is No Burqas Behind Bars, a film that featured last week in the The Travelling Film South Asia Festival at City Library.
Directed by Nima Sarvestani, the 2012 Swedish documentary reveals the plight of women imprisoned for ‘‘moral crimes’’ in Afghanistan’s Takhar Prison. In the country’s north, the prison holds 40 women, and 34 children in four cells.
Women who leave their husbands, like 20-year-old Sima, who with her five children is serving a 15-year sentence for fleeing an abusive spouse, receive harsher sentences than male murderers.
The film focuses on Sima and others imprisoned for similar ‘‘offences’’ under extremely challenging conditions, as a result of repressive cultural and religious customs.
No Burqas Behind Bars screens for 80 minutes next Wednesday, August 5 in the Black Sheep Theatre, Wool Building Rm2, on University Ave from 12.30pm. Entry is free to all.
A woman stands at the gate of Afghanistan’s Takhar Prison in a scene from the documentary No Burqas Behind Bars.