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Nasrin’s voice

When Nasrin was 13 years old, she was married off to an adult man. Her Kurdish family had travelled to Europe and were staying with a distant relative engaged in smuggling. When the man asked for Nasrin’s hand in marriage, her father said yes – and the girl herself did not understand the true meaning of marriage, so she smiled and said nothing. After the wedding, the family left to continue their journey, and Nasrin was no longer her mother’s girl, like she had thought. 

Nasrin grew up too fast, without a chance to influence her own life: she became a mother for the first time at fourteen. She had to do what the man told her to, and life was closed off. After they moved to Finland, Nasrin got a chance to go to school and study the language and a trade. For the first time, she understood how her rights had been trampled and asked for divorce, which she eventually got. However, the revenge was harrowing: the man took Nasrin’s three daughters away to Iraq. 

In the film directed by Kaisa Rastimo, Nasrin gets a chance to tell her own story in her own words – with the voice that was taken from her so early. The young woman’s words reveal both her persistence and sense of justice, as well as her longing and despair. There is no choice but to fight for her girls, so that they could have a different life. The mother’s hope does not falter, and Nasrin refuses to stay quiet anymore.

Mimosa Ahderinne (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Director Kaisa Rastimo, producer Ella Ruohonen and lead Nasrin Ebrahim attend the screening of their film on Thu, Feb 1.

Language: Finnish, Sorani, Turkish
Subtitles: English
Length: 74 min
Age Limit: K7
Year: 2024
Production Country: Finland

Director: Kaisa Rastimo
Producer: Ella Ruohonen
Production Company: Image Club Oy
Screenplay: Kaisa Rastimo
Editing: Kaisa Rastimo
Cinematographer: Marita Hällfors
Music: Sakari Kukko
Sound Design: Pietari Koskinen