Destined To Soar
In 2019, Maryam and Nivaal Rehman produced their first-ever feature length documentary on the status of girls' education in Pakistan.
Destined to Soar, is the story of twin activists Maryam and Nivaal Rehman and their return to Pakistan, where they have been inspiring girls to go to school for the past 10 years. Motivated by their grandmother who donated land to have a girls’ school built in their village, the two begin their journey reconnecting with the children there. They conduct numerous workshops and arrange activities to hear the children’s stories and inspire them to continue their education. Following this, the twins travel across Pakistan to determine the status of girls' education in the country overall, including the barriers girls face when going to school and work that is being done to overcome them. The story unfolds with the perspectives of various industry leaders, school children, and grassroots activists, that are displayed through interviews, workshops, and school visits. It shatters stereotypes about Pakistan, a country often misunderstood by the media, by noting that although problems exist, considerable efforts are being made to resolve them.
For anyone who wants to host their own screening of the film, here is a Screening Guide to help you in the process. It provides details of the film, a step-by-step guide and discussion questions for your screening.