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Because We Are Girls w/ expert panel // Films Changing the World
After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, three Indo-Canadian sisters from small-town British Columbia decide to come forward with a devastating family secret and confront the cousin who abused them as children. Seeking justice through the courts, Jeeti, Kira and Salakshana expose how their conservative upbringing—built on female subservience and obedience—conditioned them as victims. A nuanced reflection on the cost of breaking the cycle of abuse, Baljit Sangra’s courageous film ultimately celebrates the strength of sisterhood in the face of profound pain and trauma.
The post-screening discussion will be moderated by Anuradha Dugal, Canadian Women's Foundation's Director of Community Initiatives & Policy, and feature:
• Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of WomanACT
• Lindsey Lickers, Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison / Trauma Support Manager, Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto
• Paulette Senior, CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation
• Shalini Konanur, Executive Director of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Funded by The Government of Canada
In partnership with Canadian Women's Foundation and Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)