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I Was Worth 50 Sheep| 1hr : 11mins
Director: Nima Sarvestani | Producer: Maryam Ebrahimi
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Sweden
Subject Tags: afghanistan, culture, gender, middle east, poverty
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
16-year-old Sabere was only seven when her father died in war. Following a long-practiced tradition in Afghanistan, she was sold three years later to 50-something Golmohammad, a member of the Taliban. During the six years, Sabere was both slave and wife, even becoming pregnant four times yet miscarrying each time. She eventually escaped and after much effort, made her way to a women's shelter. Meanwhile, Sabere's widowed mother remarried to avoid bringing shame on the family and gave birth to a daughter named Farzane. Struggling to make ends meet, Farzane's father sells her to a man when she turned 10-years-old. Her price: 10 sheep per year over five years (a total of 50) and a piece of dry-farming land. When the full amount has been paid, he take possession of her. 'I Was Worth 50 Sheep' is the tale of these two sisters and their struggle for human dignity and freedom in a war-torn country caught between ancient traditions and a modern world.

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