The documentary "2 girls" has been awarded with the Grand Prix for the best foreign film at the HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw and the First Prize at the Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) for the best Italian Documentary. The film tells the story of Lota and Tigist, two girls living in two very different countries, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, who are linked by the same journey. They were both born in rural areas, they both faced poverty or abuse. Their only option was to run away. Their next destinations were the mega-cities of Dhaka and Addis Ababa. They embark on parallel, incredibly harsh journeys through which they meet their destinies. Yet, despite their tough lives, they reveal an inner strength and great dignity.
The film is based on the SNIS funded research “Time to Look at Girls” (research lead by Katarzyna Grabska, Global Migration Centre, the Graduate Institute) that explored the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South through a holistic approach that contextualises adolescents’ and young women’s agency, choices and migration experiences in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan.
The documentary "2 girls” is touring in further film festivals: Equality Festival in Kiev (8 December 2016) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Mumbai (25 December 2016).