The film takes the audience on her legal journey as she and her lawyer fight the male dominated legal system in order to win her freedom. This powerful representation of the struggle that women face in male dominant societies provides an excellent portrayal of what modern legal systems face when combating culture and traditions. While traditions and culture are important, human rights trump all. Even more powerful than the film was the presence of the woman who the film was based on. She sat upright while the audience clapped and answered the questions during the panel with dignity. It was powerful to be in the presence of such a strong survivor.
The United States still has the “golden child” ideal in the eyes of other countries. This was made evident through the questions that the NGO’s posed during our group session. They mentioned how they lose their citizens to the US and they never come back because the United States are so wonderful and accepting of migrants. Immediately the two Canadian women at my side and I spoke up to inform the group that the US is not a good country for migrants or migrant workers. I felt like the expert of the group amongst international professionals. I was able to share with women from around the world my successful experiences working in a country that neglects and mistreats its migrant workers and help them to develop strategies for their countries.