Tall as the Baobab Tree

Grand comme le Baobab

dir. Jeremy Teicher

Tall as the Baobab Tree

Grand comme le Baobab

dir. Jeremy Teicher

Tall as the Baobab Tree

Grand comme le Baobab

dir. Jeremy Teicher

Tall as the Baobab Tree

Grand comme le Baobab

dir. Jeremy Teicher

Series - Human Rights Watch

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A young African girl hatches a secret plan to save her little sister from an arranged marriage, in this poignant depiction of a land and a people caught between tradition and modernity.

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Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing in a contemporary Africa fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote village to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family's survival, the girls' father decides to sell the eleven-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for a brighter future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her sister from a forced union.

Child marriage is almost always forced marriage. It disrupts girls' education and exposes them to domestic violence and preventable health crises. To protect the rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch has recently joined with other groups to call for the elimination of child marriage. Drawing on field research conducted in more than ten countries, Human Rights Watch has urged governments worldwide to set eighteen as the minimum age for marriage, and to verify that both spouses provide full and meaningful consent to the partnership.

For more information, visit hrw.org/news/2012/10/10/un-mark-day-girl-fighting-child-marriage