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In Her Hands

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Poignant political docu about Afghan activist; violence.

Movie PG-13 2022 93 minutes
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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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