Keep on keeping on… Or don’t let the Bastards get you down

Bravery comes all around us, but it’s surprising how much courage there is to be seen in the case of a single mother from Muslim Morocco.

mainRabha El Haimer was cut loose from a marriage which was never officially blessed – thus recognised – after two years of beatings and violence at the hands of her husband.

She was 16 years old when she arrived back at her parents’ place.

Cardiff-based Deborah Perkin made a film about Rabha to show the world what the remarkably forward-thinking country still considers appropriate treatment of women like Rabha, and her daughter Salma, labelled illegitimate and therefore unable to have a normal life within their own culture.

The anger, inspiration, emotion and joy of the film Bastards is a testament to the incredible strength of both Rabha and Deborah.

Read the piece here.

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