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From age 12 and up Violence
Stephan Streker, 2016 98 minutes Lina El Arabi, Sébastien Houbani, Babak Karimi, Nina Kulkarni, Olivier Gourmet Belgium, Pakistan, Luxembourg, France French, Urdu 15 May 2017 English

A teenage girl attempts to juggle the weighty expectations of her traditional Pakistani parents, an unexpected pregnancy, and her own idea about where her life should lead, in this touching and intimate film about obligations and their consequences.

In many ways, Zahira is a typical teenage girl, juggling studies and a busy social schedule. But growing up in a Pakistani family in Belgium, she doesn't always feel typical. We first meet Zahira in a doctor's office, as she learns what options are available for terminating her pregnancy. Though her family is initially understanding and sympathetic to her situation, it soon becomes clear that they have their own plans for her.

Like her elder sister before her, Zahira is expected to marry a Pakistani man of her parents' choosing. They present her with photos of three distant cousins, assuring her that she has more choice than they did. Torn between the desire to chart her life's path and the need to honour her family's cultural traditions, Zahira must decide what she's willing to sacrifice and which world she'll call home.