What Tomorrow Brings

A Documentary Screening

The Center for the Human Rights of Children and MALA will host a screening of "What Tomorrow Brings", a powerful film that goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. This event is open to the public. Students, faculty, and community members are invited to honor the UN's International Day of the Girl, which aims to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls.

Very few fathers have allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom to become lessons about tradition and time. They discover their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. And although remarkable changes happen when a community skeptical about girls’ education learns to embrace it, the threats that girls face – from forced marriage to Taliban attack – loom large. Filmmaker Beth Murphy embeds herself in this school and community for a most intimate look at what it really means to be a girl growing up in Afghanistan today. Read more about the film here.


Date: October 5th, 2016

Time: 6pm-9pm

Location: Damen Student Center Cinema, Loyola University Chicago

Address: 6511 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60660


Get to know the event speakers:

DEIDRA COLEMAN is the 2016-2017 Children's Rights Graduate Scholar for the CHRC. Deidra is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago. As an undergraduate, she studied Human Development and Psychology at Northwestern University, where she developed a special interest in child development. Outside of work and school, Deidra enjoys tutoring youth at the South East Asian Friendship Center, and partnering with organizations, such as World Relief, that serve vulnerable refugee children and their families. 

ISRA OMAR is originally from Somaliland. She is a passionate young woman who began her activism when she started her first job at sixteen. She felt most comfortable working amongst peers that experienced the same issues. As a devout Muslim and an American, she links her faith with values such as equality and human rights. She is a graduate of DePaul University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Arabic Studies. She was fortunate enough to attend a school with strong Vincentian values. Ms. Omar has spoken on panels regarding girls' education and gender equality for organizations such as MALA and the Malala Fund.

MARCIA HERMANSEN Ph.D., is Director of the Islamic World Studies Program and Professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Her books include Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians(forthcoming) and The Conclusive Argument from God, a study and translation (from Arabic) of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi’s, Hujjat Allah al-Baligha (Brill 1996).  She was an associate editor of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2003). Dr. Hermansen has also contributed numerous academic articles in the fields of Islamic Thought, Sufism, Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Muslims in America, and Women in Islam.