Because We Are Girls

Because We Are Girls

Limited advance tickets are still available for the May 12, 2pm screening.

Advance tickets are sold out for the May 12, 9pm screening. Rush tickets will be available. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 9:00pm
Baljit Sangra
85 minutes

The May 3 screening is the 18th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival Opening Gala screening.

The May 7 screening is part of the Justice Forum Series and will include a post-film discussion.

Classification: Rated PG (coarse & sexual languange)

A conservative Indo-Canadian family in Williams Lake, British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward — not only to protect other young relatives, but also to set an example for their own daughters.

Vancouver-based Filmmaker Baljit Sangra explores the impact of sexual abuse on a family, turning her empathetic lens on intimate moments as they process and heal. Full of nuance and layers, Because We Are Girls weaves poetically between past and present. We witness the emotional toll experienced by sisters Jeeti, Kira, and Salakshana, not only from pursuing justice through the courts, but also through confronting their parents for not protecting them as children. We also share in their happiness as the sisters bond with their daughters and dance along to their favourite Bollywood songs. The film intertwines touching home footage of the sisters as young girls with uplifting scenes of the strong, empowered women they have become.

We are very proud to open our 18th annual festival with this courageous film that celebrates the strength of sisterhood in the face of profound pain and trauma. In one poignant scene the sisters reflect on the cost of breaking the cycle of abuse. What’s ultimately revealed in Sangra’s powerful tribute is that the cost of remaining silent would be far greater. -SC


Baljit Sangra

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses documentary and factual entertainment to explore social and cross-cultural issues. Her most recent project is the NFB-produced feature documentary Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a family. Her previous documentaries include Hockey United, which follows two amateur South Asian hockey players with their eyes on the NHL; the award-winning Many Rivers Home, a personal story about seniors living in assisted care at the end of life; and Warrior Boyz, examining the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of BC’s Lower Mainland.