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Several acclaimed recent films by young women directors take on women’s human rights issues while countering visual tropes of victimhood and challenging national cinema paradigms. These films are “postnational” in their financing and in their exploration of rights beyond those conferred by the state. This chapter looks at works by three filmmakers that have won prizes at European film festivals while sparking debates in national and regional contexts. It analyzes Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar’s Silent Waters (2003), which explores the revelation of a Pakistani mother’s traumatic past through her son’s attraction to Islamic fundamentalism, as well as Jasmila Žbanić’s Grbavica:...

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