Released by Refinery29, it’s the first time an all Pakistan crew has created a global series
Released by Refinery29, it’s the first time an all Pakistan crew has created a global series

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy proudly launches FUNDAMENTAL. GENDER JUSTICE. NO EXCEPTIONS — a five-episode international documentary series shot and produced by SOC FILMS, Safyah Zafar Usmani and Shahrukh Waheed and directed by Chinoy.

FUNDAMENTAL follows dynamic activists from five countries who are disrupting the status quo and radically altering the course of history for women and girls – and all historically marginalized people and communities globally.

In the first episode from Pakistan, Rights Not Roses focuses on ending child, early, and forced marriages in Pakistan and how community leaders are addressing the root causes of the issue.

In this episode, the audiences get to hear directly from Zarmina, her family, and a network of community activists fighting to end the scourge of early and forced marriage in Pakistan, where 21% of girls are married before the age of 18.

Rukhshanda Naz, a human rights attorney and long-time gender rights leader who is fighting in Pakistan’s courts to extricate girls from early and forced marriages.
Rukhshanda Naz, a human rights attorney and long-time gender rights leader who is fighting in Pakistan’s courts to extricate girls from early and forced marriages.

Each of the five episodes profiles a distinct set of remarkable leaders mobilizing to write new futures for themselves, their societies, and the world — working on issues from ending child marriage in Pakistan to pursuing LGBTQI liberation in Georgia, and racial justice in the United States.

Officially presented and released by YouTube Originals and Refinery29, it’s the first time an all Pakistan crew has created a global series.

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