I am Nojoom, Aged Ten and Divorced

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Director: Khadija Al-Salami | Countries of production: Yemen | Year: 2014 | Length: 98 min
Language: Arabic with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

This debut drama from Yemeni director Khadija Al-Salami is a hard-hitting, ultimately hopeful attack on the practice of child marriage.

Pairing the beauty of rural Yemen with a nuanced script and a compelling lead performance, the drama follows ten year old Nojoom as she is sold into marriage with a man twenty years her senior. Motivated by a complex mix of poverty, honour and custom, her father and husband see little wrong in their actions. But when Najoom runs away and brings her case before a city judge, the horror and courage of her story unfold in effective flashback sequences which suggestively place Yemen’s laws themselves on trial.

admirably outspoken and direct
The Hollywood Reporter

powerful, moving and provocative
Screen Daily

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