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Sahra Mani Awards

MA Documentary Film graduate gains prestigious awards for ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’

Written by Natalia Queirolo
Published date 04 July 2019

MA Documentary Film graduate Sahra Mani has won the One World Media Best Feature Documentary with her graduation film A Thousand Girls Like Me.

Winning another eight international awards since March this year– including the Centre for Documentary Studies Filmmakers Award, Best Feature Documentary at Athens International Film Festival 2019, and Best Documentary Award from Sochi International Film Festival in Russia – the film tells the story of sexual abuse, systemic misogyny and entrenched injustice in Afghan culture.

'A Thousand Girls Like Me’ has been featured in The Diplomat and screened at Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Bertha DocHouse, London’s premier documentary cinema based at Curzon Bloomsbury and received a four-star review in the Guardian.

One World Media judges singled out the film for its nuanced observational storytelling and exquisite camera work which never casts Khatera, the main contributor, as just a victim.

Sahra graduated from the MA Documentary Film course at London College of Communication in 2012.

Her award wins follows success for a number of other graduates of courses from London College of Communication's Screen School, including MA Screenwriting graduate Tahsin Guner's BAFTA win for his film ‘Killed by my Debt, MA Animation graduate Leszek Mozga’s short film ‘Roadkill’ screening at Cannes, and BA (Hons) Film Practice graduate Harry Green scooping a range of awards for collaborative film 'Paul is Dead'.

Read the Guardian's four-star review of 'A Thousand Girls Like Me'.

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