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What to know: Heroism can be found in quiet individuals, who rescue those who cannot help themselves.
PARVAZ MAHIHA is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-16
14 minutes
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I want to cheer for compassionate teachers! This movie makes me appreciate the freedoms in American society. How incredibly difficult it is to be female in many Muslim communities? Thank goodness for this courageous man who shows sympathy for young Muslim girl, who is often intimidated and suffers in silence. The film follows a young girl who is the only female student in a classroom. Her new teacher quickly observes her profound quietness and suspects that her hand has been intentionally burnt by someone. Her father proves to be the likely culprit and he eventually gets his just desserts. Effective camera angles show the prevalence and complexity of fishing nets in this village and how labor-intensive it is just to bring fresh water into one's house. The way the drowning scene climax is filmed, it leaves a puzzling feeling about the fate of the abusive father. It adds to this teacher's heroic image. My favorite part is when the teacher decides to play vigilante detective and starts photographing the girl's house for evidence. It reminds me of the private eye genre that I so enjoy. The message is that heroism can often be found in quiet individuals, who rescue those who cannot help themselves. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival as it offers a glimpse in another culture and is very well produced. It would play well on the big screen. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 16, as well as adults. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
The new teacher in the village understood that one of his student who is the only girl in the class don't talk and a cigarette burn is visible in her hand.
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