Pari, a 14-year-old girl, dreams of becoming a pilot while growing up in a society that doesn’t allow her to dream.
A silent short film that starts peacefully and colorfully, accompained by the music. It is the music, in fact, that speaks along with the images, changing and adapting to feelings and situations.
SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM is set in Pakistan, where Pari and little Mehr are playing with paper airplanes, dreaming of flying. Pari reads books about Earhart, an american woman aviator, and has airplane models in the bedroom she shares with her little sister.
While characters do not speak in words, they speak with their eyes and facial expressions, perfectly animated to give the audience the right vibes of the story. Pari’s life changes in 11 minutes lenght of the short film, switching too fast from childhood and happiness, to gloom and darkness.
This short film speaks about the child brides, forced to marry to men of their fathers’ age. This is what is decided for Pari, who abandons her home and dreams to go with a family of strangers that will own her forever.
SITARA ends with Mehr that lets another paper airplane fly, and as it takes off in the wind, on screen appears a sentence that we want to report here, as it brings all the sadness and pain that the film tries (and succeeds) to picture on screen:
Around the world every year, the dreams of 12 million child brides will never take flight.Sitara, 2019, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
This short film takes away your breath, it is heartbreaking especially on the wedding scene, as Mehr hugs Pari in tears. Even if colorful and in cartoon-style, it drammatically depicts a practice that brings pain to many young girls.
The director, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was the first Pakistani director to win an Oscar in 2012 for Saving Face, in the category Documentary Short Subject.
Title: SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM
Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Running time: 15′