Filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed remembers attending a traditional Afghan wedding ceremony, where two consenting souls committed their willing desires with ink on paper. With their hands bound in henna and prayer, the young couple then lit a flame of hope. Ahmed believes that the candle is still burning and she turns her attention to present day Afghanistan, where optimism is flickering and the desire for change is palpable.
Reclaiming Rights follows a team of sassy Afghan lawyers who navigate the chaotic streets of Kabul and risk their own safety to defend their clients. Their clients are women and girls in turquoise burqas. For these young women, words like Section 183 of the Constitution or Item Number 12 of the Civil Rights mean little. But from their lawyers perspective, a window has opened. The opportunity to reclaim lost legal rights through courage and education has arrived. Sex, marriage, love and the law are explored as the girls share their stories to seek freedom and justice. What is most surprising is that news seems to travel at triple speed when it is spoken in Farsi. One court victory leads to another and the women in the film cant help but celebrate how far theyve come already.