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CIFF Project of the Day: The First Girls' School in an Afghan Village

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 1, 2013 at 10:54AM

All this week, we're spotlighting four films that will be in the running for our Camden International Film Festival Project of the Week contest. At the end of the week, we'll have a vote for the project that you like the most. That project will get to pitch their project at the CIFF Points North Pitch, where a world-class panel will give feedback on their projects and award one pitch project $1,000. The Indiewire/CIFF Project of the Week winner will receive free lodging in Maine and a travel stipend!
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All this week, we're spotlighting four films that will be in the running for our Camden International Film Festival Project of the Week contest.  At the end of the week, we'll have a vote for the project that you like the most.  That project will get to pitch their project at the CIFF Points North Pitch, where a world-class panel will give feedback on their projects and award one pitch project $1,000.  The Indiewire/CIFF Project of the Week winner will receive free lodging in Maine and a travel stipend!

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.


In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"What Tomorrow Brings"

Tweetable logline:

In the Afghan village of Deh Subz, the first girls’ school challenges centuries-old traditions against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal.


Elevator Pitch: 

In the remote village of Deh Subz, Afghanistan, the first girl's school opens - challenging centuries of conservative social tradition. The story of the Zabuli School unfolds at a time when the entire region faces an uncertain fate. As President Obama announces a 2014 deadline for U.S. withdrawal, a rising fear gathers over a resurgence of oppressive Taliban force. Against this harrowing backdrop, the feature-length documentary WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, families, and tenacious school founder Razia Jan, building a layered portrait of a community caught between its past and its future.

Production Team:


Director/Producer - Beth Murphy
Past credits: Director/Producer, BEYOND BELIEF (2007) and THE LIST (2012)
Director of Photography/Editor - Kevin Belli
Past credits: Director of Photography/Editor, BEYOND BELIEF (2007) and THE LIST (2012)

About the Production:

For Director Beth Murphy this is not only a film – this is a long-term commitment to the women and girls of developing countries—people who endure violence and are denied basic human needs and rights. While filming in Afghanistan for the feature documentary BEYOND BELIEF (Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Channel), Murphy witnessed the daily struggle of girls literally dying to be educated. Since then, Murphy has made a personal commitment to return to Afghanistan and share with the world her conviction that if girls are educated and financially empowered, the roots of terrorism are less likely to grow.

Current Status: 


Post-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Filmmaker Website


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