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#child marriage

When Dutch documentary filmmakers Joop Van Wijk and Hillie Molenaar visited Egypt’s rural regions in 1981, they were shocked to see the number of child marriage cases – adolescent girls forced into marriage, often by their fathers, and often lacking choice in the matter. Their trip was the inspiration behind Daughters of the Nile (1982), a documentary on the restricted lives of rural Egyptian women, and their stories of forced marriage. Despite being screened 40 years ago, the film remains…