Later this month, the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington DC will screen Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al Salami's acclaimed feature film I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced. Khadija Al Salami will be on hand to talk about the film and answer questions from the audience. The screenings are cosponsored by the YPP. From the Arabian Sights website:
A 10-year-old girl walks into a courtroom, looks the judge straight in the eye and tells him, "I want a divorce." In Yemen, where there is no age restriction for marriage, Nojoom Ali's father, terrified of shame and desperate for money, arranges for Nojoom to marry a villager who is three times her age in exchange for a trivial dowry. Subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her husband and grouchy mother-in-law, Nojoom escapes and attains protection from a compassionate judge. Despite the risk to his own career and family, the judge pursues justice on her behalf. Based on Nojood Ali's best-selling autobiography, this gripping feature film tells of the little girl who made headline news in 2009 and became a symbol of the movement against forced and underage marriage. Recipient of the top prize at the Dubai International Film Festival.
For showtimes and tickets, follow this link.