Directed by Urooj Yazdani
Humera, an 11-year-old girl from a remote village off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan, dreams of becoming a doctor. When the only school in her community comes under threat of closure, Humera faces intense pressure to forego her education for an arranged marriage.
A Destruction follows the trajectory of Humera’s life as it reaches a critical point: she must maintain the determination to stay in school or risk falling prey to the cycle of poverty. 2019, U.S./Pakistan, DCP, in Urdu and Sindhi with English subtitles, 70 minutes. Work-in-progress screening. Recommended for 12+.
Followed by a post-screening discussion with director and producer Urooj Yazdani and cinematographer Omar Nabulsi.
Connection to Kentucky: Director/producer Urooj Yazdani grew up in Columbia, Kentucky. After graduating from high school in Adair County, she studied Biology at the University of Kentucky. She then attended graduate and medical school out-of-state before returning home to complete post-graduate training at the University of Louisville, where she is currently a resident in the Department of Psychiatry.
Festival History: Developed as part of the Tribeca Film Institute.