Because We Are Girls
BALJIT SANGRA, CANADA, 2018, 83 MIN.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Raised in a conservative Indo-Canadian household, three sisters were haunted by a childhood secret: they were survivors of sexual abuse by an older relative. Twenty-five years later, they break their silence in order to set an example for their daughters and protect other young relatives. Documentarian Baljit Sangra turns her empathetic lens on these courageous women’s search for justice, crafting a moving portrait of their healing journey and a tribute to women’s strength in the face of profound trauma.
Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working on documentaries, corporate videos, feature films and factual entertainment. Her passion is exploring social and cross-cultural issues. Most recently she directed/produced Many Rivers Home a personal story that focuses on Seniors in assisted care and looks at the end story of life for OmniTV. She has now directed/produced the documentary “Because We Are Girls” in association with NFB @nfb_interactive. She has directed/produced the documentary Warrior Boyz in association with NFB and Canwest which examines the long running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of the Lower Mainland. Warrior Boyz premiered at Doxa and was nominated for three Leos. Baljit also directed an A&E for CityTV and Channel M called VIVA! for several seasons.