Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Director: Beth Murphy
Film Details: 84 min, 2015, United States, color, DCP
Director Beth Murphy and a special surprise guest will attend in person for Q&A.
This screening is presented with co-sponsorship from POV.
With unprecedented access, WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom to become lessons about tradition and time. They discover their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. And although remarkable changes happen when a community skeptical about girls’ education learns to embrace it, the threats that girls face – from forced marriage to Taliban attack – loom large. Filmmaker Beth Murphy embeds herself in this school and community for a most intimate look at what it really means to be a girl growing up in Afghanistan today.
Beth Murphy is the founder of Boston-based Principle Pictures and Director of GroundTruth Films. She is director/producer for nearly 20 films, including the feature documentaries BEYOND BELIEF and THE LIST, and she has led production crews to all corners of the world, often in war-torn or developing countries. Her films have played at festivals globally, and aired on The Sundance Channel, PBS, multiple Discovery networks, the History Channel and many international outlets.
THE DOCYARD FALL SHORTS PROGRAMMING
Following this feature screening,the DocYard will present the short film FOREVERSTAN GRADUATION by Beth Murphy.
FOREVERSTAN GRADUATION is a short epilogue to WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS. Nearly 15 years after the fall of the Taliban and an end to its barbaric rule that banned girls from the classroom, educating girls is still an act of defiance. The Taliban is again waging an offensive in the country, and the Islamic State is on the rise. For the approximately 2.5 million girls who are in school today, the threat to their education is very real.