San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Abandoned by her parents, Sameem Ali grew up in a childrens home. When she was told that her family wanted her back, she couldn't wait. However she returned to a dirty house wher she was ubjected to endless chores. Her mother beat her unhappiness drove her to self harm. So Sameem was excited when she visited Pakistan for the first time with her mother, only to discover she wasn't there for on a holiday. Aged just 13, Sameem was forced to marry a complete stranger. Two months later and pregnant, she returned home to Glasgow where she suffered further abuse from her family.After finding love, Sameem fled the violence and escaped to Manchester with her son. Believing she had put her horrific experiences behind her, she was unprepared for the consequncesof volating her families honour. Belonging is the shocking true story of Sameem Ali's struggle to break free from her past and fight against her upbringing.
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Oxford Human Rights Festival
Raising awareness of Human Rights through the Arts.
In 2017 the Oxford Human Rights Film Festival will be celebrating its 15th year. Founded in 2003, the festival is an initiative of post graduate students on the Oxford Brookes MA course in Development and Emergency Practice and now involves students from across the University including Film Studies, Business & Marketing and International Relations.
In attracting diverse audiences to each of our events, the aim of the festival is to raise awareness about a range of human rights concerns among students and the wider Oxford community.
The festival involves a wide variety of events including film, music, performance and art.