A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Education for empowerment. Help protect the rights of others.
Positive Role Models
Zarifa Ghafari, mayor of Maidan Shahr in Afghanistan and one of the nation's first women and youngest ever to hold the position at the age of 26. Ghafari's family and fiancé support her roles as a social activist for Afghan women's and girls' rights and work in public service. Kelley E. Currie, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State, appears in archival footage from the International Women of Courage Award presentation for Ghafari.
Minimal diversity images, which include the reported patriarchal society in Afghanistan under Taliban rule with its limits on rights for girls and women. Girls are generally not allowed to seek a secondary-level education.
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Violence & Scariness
Images and references include assassination attempts, murder of a parent in front of a child, suicide bombings, blood, dead bodies, explosives, guns, imprisonment, looting, stalking, terrorism, threats, and war.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Courtship of Zarifa Ghafari and fiancé Bashir.
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"Damn," "hell," "f--k," and slur word "pimp."
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Products & Purchases
Images include apparel with logos and messages, laptop, smartphones, and social media sites.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking and drug addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In Her Hands is an Afghan-language documentary with subtitles about politician, activist, and entrepreneur Zarifa Ghafari. Images and references include the murder of a parent, assassination attempts, suicide bombings, dead bodies, guns, war, cigarette smoking, and drug addiction. There are also mentions of "damn," "hell," and "f--k," and the slur word "pimp." The documentary's positive themes are education for empowerment and helping protect the rights of others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an inspiring documentary about the determination of a young Afghan citizen in the face of adversity. After witnessing the horrors of war while walking to school, In Her Hand's Zarifa Ghafari says that she was told by her military general dad not to go anymore. But, she decides to attend school secretly after he leaves home for work and Ghafari continues to fulfill a lifetime dream to make her parents proud.
Ghafari earns two college degrees, pursues a public service career, and advocates for Afghanistan's future. "Drop your weapon and take up a pen," she says. "Education is the key to a country's development. This is the battle between ignorance and knowledge, the battle between light and dark."
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