3 Seconds Divorce is a documentary that explores the impact of instant triple- talaq on Indian Muslim women through intimate stories of women who have been victimized by it. It also provides a behind -the -scenes glimpse at the struggle of Muslim women activists in India who are tirelessly fighting to get a legal ban on this practice.
An age- old practice allows Muslim men in India to divorce their wives unilaterally by simply stating the word ‘talaq’ three times consecutively. The only way for a couple to live together after this is for the woman to perform ‘halala’. Halala requires the divorced woman to get married to another man and get divorced again after the new marriage is consummated. The entire process leaves no space for a woman’s agency nor does it establish any rights for her. Frustrated with lack of initiative from the government or religious leaders to stop this; Muslim women in India organize and start a movement to reclaim their religious and constitutional rights.
3 Seconds Divorce tell this story through the journey of Lubna – a present day activist and former victim of triple-talaq who makes personal sacrifices to continue her activism. The documentary also provides a behind the scene glimpse at the growing Indian Muslim women’s movement as it navigates between orthodox Muslim leadership and a polarized political environment in India.
Shazia Javed is an award-winning Indo-Canadian filmmaker . Her docu-short Namrata was produced by the National Film Board of Canada and was a finalist for three Alberta Media Production Industry awards. Her short film, Can you hear me? won the first prize at Visual Arts Mississauga’s 39th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. She is also the winner of 2017 MARTY award hosted by Mississauga Arts Council. Shazia’s work has screened at international film festivals such as Hot Docs, DOXA, Global Visions, and Durban International among many others. Shazia has a MFA in Film from York University.
Babita Ashiwal is film-maker based in Mumbai, India. Her most recent film on the life on a young domestic worker called “Dolly ka b’day” is currently screening at film-festivals. She has made documentary films on issues that range between the topics of healthcare for children, women in sports, musical culture of Benaras, life in Vrindavan, and sex education for youth. She has also made many corporate films and audio-visuals for companies like Vardhman, Mahindra, Kotak Mahindra, IL&FS, Astarc Group, Ma Foi Enterprises, Vakrangee Pvt Ltd., and Delhi School of communication to name few. She holds a M.A. degree from prestigious Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia, New-Delhi.
Sara Cabrera-Aragon is a documentary video editor born and raised in Toronto. Having grown up in an environment filled with so much diversity she has always been drawn to the stories people have to share. A graduate from the Film and Media program at Queen’s University, Sara had the chance to develop her artistic skills under the guidance of previous art directors and filmmakers. Since graduating five years ago, Sara has been working in documentary editing, from working on TV documentary 'The Trouble with Dying' for Vision TV in 2013 to most recently working on the second season of the television series Future Legends, for Win HDTV. She has has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that give a platform to those whose stories are not always shared. With a love for storytelling and images she hopes to lend new perspectives to those out there willing to watch and listen.
Canadian Council of Women is the official Impart partner for 3 Seconds Divorce. The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) vision is to maintain equality, equity and empowerment for all Canadian Muslim women. CCMW has been involved in national and international projects and toolkits that have been developed with leading experts, practitioners and activists in order to address the practical needs of Muslim communities and ensure lasting social change. Read more about CCMW here
Below is a statement from CCMW on the film:
"We believe that this topic is very important because due to the patriarchal nature of the societies where Muslim communities come from, Muslim men and religious leaders misinterpret the process of divorce in Islam to justify their actions. CCMW feels this issue is pertinent to Canada because similar occurrences do occur here and by creating awareness of this issue we hope to educate and empower Muslim women. We have worked on legal publications for social service providers, legal professionals and Muslim women themselves to understand their rights in Islamic and Canadian family law."
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