Sahra Mani

is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Afghanistan Documentary House. Since she got her Master in Documentary film making from the University of the Arts London she has focuses on creating documentaries centred around her own country Afghanistan, and its lack of democracy.


Divorce By Heart, 2013; Kaloo School, 2013; Beyond The Burqa, 2014; A Thousand Girls Like Me, 2018.
Special Jury Mention


France, Afghanistan, 2018, colour, 80 min.
Director: Sahra Mani
A 23-year-old Afghan woman, Khatera, has spent her childhood in the atmosphere of violence. Main villain of her life is her own father. Now, to seek justice, Khatera confronts the will of her family, traditions of her country and Afghan judicial system so rarely protecting the women. Her battle demonstrates the power of conscious action over fear.


FIPADOC (France, 2019) – Young Europeans Jury Award; FIFDH (France, 2018) – Grand Prix; Global Migration Film Festival (2018) – Second Prize; Sochi International Film Festival (Russia, 2018) – Best Documentary Award; KIMFF (Nepal, 2018) – Best Documentary; Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2018) – Public Award, Best Documentary and Special Prize of the Jury (in honor of a brave woman) to the Afghan; Festival International du Film de Femmes de Sale (Morocco, 2018) – Documentary Competition Grand Prix; Tallgrass Film Festival (USA, 2018) – Doxx Award.