Because We Are Girls: A Chat with Baljit Sangra and Jeeti Pooni
A conservative Indo-Canadian family in Williams Lake, British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward — not only to protect other young relatives, but also to set an example for their own daughters. Vancouver-based Filmmaker Baljit Sangra explores the impact of sexual abuse on a family, turning her empathetic lens on intimate moments as they process and heal. Harjinder Thind talks with the subject of the documentary Jeeti Pooni and the director Baljit Sangra herself.