The Hidden Daughters

They are born and brought up in Europe. Their daily lives are influenced by European culture and they are European citizens. But they are also daughters of immigrants from south and east. Every day they have to fight to find a balance between two extremely different cultures.

The Hidden Daughters

The Hidden Daughters

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Thousands of European-born daughters of immigrants are sent back to the native land of their parents to be “re-educated” in the cultural norms and traditions of those countries. For some, these generational conflicts turn into regular culture wars within the family and the daughters may even disappear for several years or forever.

Attempting to shed light on the girls’ destinies, The Hidden Daughters travels to Pakistan in search of one girl who suddenly disappeared. Friends and elementary school teachers in the girl’s adopted country in Europe are worried. She thought she was going on holiday, but nobody has heard from her in a year.

According to Khalida Salimi, director of the human rights organisation, Struggle for Changes, there is good reason to be worried. In Pakistan many women are locked away, forced into marriage, and suffer from oppression, physical and psychological abuse. She explains that women and children have few rights in Pakistani society, and marriages out of love are not allowed.

Director Mette Korsgaard
Producer Steen Jensen
Produced by DR
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2004
Original Title De Skulte Døtre
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