Holy Rights (2020)


“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.



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, India, 2020, 52´
IAWRT Asian Women Film Festival, IP: HOF – Home of Films, Dharamshala IFF, HRFF Izmir, Kolkata IFF, Goa IFF, Vancouver Women FF, UK Asian FF; Broadcasters: KLIK Indonesia, SBS Australia, EDU Rights: ProQuest
Indian National Award for the Best Social Documentary, Regina IFF - Best Foreign Documentary, IAWRT Asian Women Film Festival – Best Film Award, Vancouver Women FF – Best Cinematography Award, Impact Award
World except of India
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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.