This is the story of Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a girl who, disguised as a boy, lived a life unlike that available to any girl in Pakistan. By the age of thirteen, Maria was one of the best squash players in her country. The world started to take notice, and her protective guise as a boy had to end, leading to threats from the Taliban on her and her family. Maria is a flashpoint in an urgent cultural battle. Like their father before them, Maria and her sister, the youngest woman ever elected to the Pakistani Parliament, battle against the oppressive treatment of women, at great personal cost. Her family is never truly safe. Maria is never truly at peace.
Date: Sunday, February 8, 3-5 PM
Location: James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall
Other films in the Works in Progress Program include: 93Queen and Facing the Dragon.