Escaping war as a refugee is no one’s dream. Many teenage girls escaping Syria to neighbouring Lebanon must also specifically contend with child marriage, sexual violence and a host of new burdens and responsibilities.
My first revelatory encounter with Patti Smith was listening on the radio in the fall of 1975 around the time of the release of her debut album Horses.
Afia Nathaniel’s directorial debut film, Dukhtar—a word that means daughter in Urdu—is fundamentally about women. It is a story about courage and strength, and about the bond between mothers and daughters.
I awoke with butterflies in my stomach on that early Friday morning in July. My mother, best friend Carlotta and I were to visit schools for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
I first heard of Patti Smith in a mimeographed, hand-drawn fanzine that I must have picked up in some record store. Soon thereafter I heard her on the radio. Punk rock was like some brand-new creation, an antidote to the disco that was taking over popular culture.