I am Nojoom, age 10 and Divorced

I am Nojoom, age 10 and Divorced / Eu sunt Nojoom, am 10 ani şi sunt divorţată /Ana Nojoom bent alasherah wamotalagah
2015/ 83 min / France
 
Script Khadija Al-Salami
Directing Khadija Al-Salami
Cinematographer Victor Credi
Editing Alexis Lardilleux
Music Thierry David
Producer Sheikha Prohaska-Alatas / Benji Films
Cast  
Reham Mohammed Nojoom (age 10)
Rana Mohammed Nojoom (age 5)
Ibrahim Al Ashmori Father
Naziha Alansi Mother
Sawadi Alkainai Husband
 
Synopsis
A little girl walks into a court room, looks at the judge straight in the eye and tells him: « I want a divorce».  In Yemen, where there is no age requirement for marriage, ten-year-old Nojoom is forced to marry a 30-year-old man. The dowry offers the family a small income and one less mouth to feed. A legitimate and acceptable arrangement for all, except for Nojoom who will soon see her life take a turn for the worse. A beautiful plea for all these girls forced into womanhood too soon and for their right to a life on their own terms.
 
Khadija Al Salami, Yemen’s first female filmmaker and producer, was born in Sana’a. Forced into child marriage at the age of 11, she rebelled against tribal and family values, daring to leave her husband and seek a divorce. With determination and courage, Khadija Al Salami gained her personal freedom and changed her fate. At the age of 16, she received a grant that allowed her to follow her dreams by studying in the US where she ultimately completed a master’s degree in film production and directing. She directed more than 25 documentaries, most of which deal with the roles of women and young girls in contemporary Yemen. She has received numerous international prizes for her work, including the French Legion of Honor. In her debut she tells story of Yemen’s most famous child divorcee. But it’s also a retelling of the her own life story.