Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films has released its third installment of the animated series, Shattering the Silence, which focuses on initiating meaningful discourse around issues of child abuse.
The first two episodes, Cheena Hua Bachpan and Forced Marriage, revolved around the issues of child trafficking for domestic work and forced marriages, while the third one revolves around the story of a young girl, Mina, who is pulled out of school and married off at a young age.
Through the course of the film, we see the physical and mental effect that the early marriage has on the young girl, and subsequently, the limited opportunities that are available to women with no proper qualifications. We follow the little girl’s journey from a clueless young bride to a resilient woman.
Through determination and awareness, Mina is ultimately able to turn her life around when she approaches Panah – a shelter that not only takes both Mina and her daughter in, but gives her vocational training.
An initiative of SOC Films, Shattering the Silence is a 4-part animated series that aims to engage audiences, especially children, with real-life stories of child abuse, and to educate them with the relevant laws and resources that exist, and the steps that can be taken if they, or anyone they know, is forced into marriage, labor, trafficking, or physical abuse.
Watch the third film here: