After My Garden Grows

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Director: Megan Mylan | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2014 | Length: 10 min
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

After My Garden Grows is a short documentary made by Oscar winning director Megan Mylan. It’s the story of Monika, a teenager in rural India who tends a small plot of land to feed her family, and plants the seeds of independence and financial freedom in her male-dominated community.

Monika is one of 40,000 girls participating in a program to empower adolescent girls launched in 2011 by the government of West Bengal and the nonprofit Landesa. The pilot program teaches girls about their rights and how to utilize small plots of land to improve their family’s nutrition, help them stay in school and reduce their vulnerability to child marriage.

Sundance Film Festiva, Official Selection

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