Holy Rights

Dir. by Farha Khatun, India, 2020, 52´

IAWRT Asian Women Film Festival – Best Film Award, IP: HOF – Home of Films, Dharamshala IFF, HRFF Izmir, Kolkata IFF, Goa IFF, Vancouver Women FF – Best Cinematography Award, Impact Award, UK Asian FF; Broadcasters: KLIK Indonesia, SBS Australia

Indian National Award for the Best Social Documentary

Territories: World except of India

“In the middle of the street he shouted Talaq. I wasn´t even there and the decision was made”

Safia, a deeply religious Muslim woman from Bhopal in Central India, driven by her belief that because of the patriarchal mindset of the interpreters of ‘Sharia’, Muslim women are denied equality and justice in the community. She joins a program that trains women as Qazis, (Muslim clerics who interpret and administer the personal law), which is traditionally a male preserve.

In its four years journey, the film also documents the movement against triple talaq, muslim women’s struggles to break free of patronising voices within the community as well as resist forces outside from appropriating their movement to suit their own political agenda.

Category: Social Issues, Human Rights, Women, Justice, Family, Islam

First Feature Film 

Women’s rights or Islamophobia?

The Prizma, August 24 2020

Used to wonder if the Quran is really gender biased, says Farha Khatun on the quest that led to Holy Rights

Interview, Cinestaan, May 16 2020


Farha Khatun completed 2 years Postgraduate Diploma in Editing from Roopkala Kendro. Farha edited several documentary films. Her debut short “I Am Bonnie” premiered at BFI Flare, got the National Film Award and won at Kolkata IFF.

Director- Farha Khatun

Producer- Priyanka More

Associate Director - Biswajit Das

Editor- Sankha

Cinematographer- Debalina, Priyanka Biswas

Sound Re-Recording and Design- Sabyasachi Pal

Music- Santajit Chatterjee

Trailer Editor- Abhro Banerjee

Sound Mixing- Anirban Ganguly

Writer- Jhelum

Cast- Safia Akhtar (Lead), Syed Jalil Akhtar, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Zakia Soman, Nasreen Metai

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