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Film Festival 2020 International Documentaries

MY BELOVED DAUGHTER

Rekha loves her father, Bal-kumar, more than anything else in the world, and she and her father have an exceptionally close relation-ship, especially in a society where only sons are valuable and daughters are undesirable.

Director: Tiina Madisson
Scriptwriter: Tiina Madisson
Directors of photography: Marita Hallfors, Anna Karatvuo, Chandraman Dong
Composer: Salla Luhtala
Editor: Katja Pallijeff
Producer: Kirsi Mattila
71 min., 2019, Finland

Rekha loves her father, Bal-kumar, more than anything else in the world, and she and her father have an exceptionally close relation-ship, especially in a society where only sons are valuable and daughters are undesirable. Rekha is already 14, and time is running out for finding her a husband. She lives in a remote village in Nepal near the Indian border. In this region, child marriages are common. Although they are forbidden by law, the tradition lives on. Love marriage is a foreign concept here. Girls are wed before they have a chance to ruin their reputation – falling in love would bring dishonour upon them.