|Scene from the film "Girl Rising" (2012)|
So I just watch this documentary "Girl Rising" from 2012 and although overall I'd give it a 8/10, that ending speech was simply amazing. I even cried. Very heart-touching and truly, truly inspiring. I don't know if it was written by Amina herself or her writer, but it's a fenomenal quote nonetheless.
The following quote was narrated by Anne Hathaway while this song was playing. But Florence and The Machine could work too.
"[I felt] Impatient because we are poor, because we are silenced, disenfranchised, beaten, cut, married as children, sold, raped. When we seek freedom we are burned. When we speak the truth we are silenced. When we go to school we are bombed, poisoned, shot. Don’t tell me it simply has always been so. Don’t tell me that blame lies in my religion, in my culture. I am an Afghan woman and I know from history that it hasn’t always been this way. On my wedding day I tried to think of all the strong Afghan women who had gone before me: women who could read and write and who spoke their minds. Women who were national heroes. I have not forgotten my vow. Change is coming. I will read and I will learn and I will study. I will return to school. I dare you to tell me it’s a waste of time. If you try to stop me, I will just try harder. Put me in a pit - I will climb out. If you kill me, there will be other girls who rise up and take my place. I will find a way to endure. To prevail. The future of man lies in me and this is the future I see. I am the beginning of a different story in Afghanistan. And when my granddaughter explains how I withstood the odds against me, it will become legend. Oh yes, perhaps it will only be whispered at first but just you watch, it will grow into a roar, an inexhaustible voice that will usher in a brighter future. Do you doubt me? Do you underestimate my will? Look into my eyes.
Do you see it now? I am change."