With unprecedented access, WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan.
While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom to become lessons about tradition and time. They discover their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. And although remarkable changes happen when a community skeptical about girls’ education learns to embrace it, the threats that girls face – from forced marriage to Taliban attack – loom large.
Filmmaker Beth Murphy embeds herself in this school and community for a most intimate look at what it really means to be a girl growing up in Afghanistan today.
FILM CREW / CREDITS
Directed by: Beth Murphy
Producer: Beth Murphy
Editing: Mary Lampson, Kevin Belli, Nathan Tisdale
Director of photography: Kevin Belli, Elissa Bogos Mirzaei, Beth Murphy
Running time: 77’
“Educating girls means finding a precarious balance between hope and tradition, even at the best of times in Afghanistan. These girls, their teachers, and the school administrators face serious threats and formidable obstacles every day. I think they have earned the right to be heard. And I am hopeful that while WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS brings attention to the precariousness of girls’ education in Afghanistan, it can also spotlight a community that is lighting the way for others.”