SANDAR KIWO [The Shepherd's Staff]
SANDAR KIWO [The Shepherd's Staff] is a Hausa video film that focuses on women's access to justice under the Islamic Shari'a in northern Nigeria. By looking at the legal mechanism available to women under Islam, Sandar Kiwo seeks to draw attention to the violation of women's rights by men who often hide under the guise of traditional power structure to deny women rights that have been enshrined by Islam.
The film was jointly produced with supported of the British Council, Depart of Foreign and Intentional Development (DFID) under it Security Justice and Growth (SJG) programme.
The film has been screened to audiences at the University of Warsaw, Poland; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; and to a festival audience in New Delhi, India.
Sandar Kiwo Synopsis
Film Title: Sandar Kiwo
Sub-titles: English and French
Producer: Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino
Director: Falalu A. Dorayi
Sandar Kiwo tells the story of Hafsat, a pleasant child who lost her mother during her birth. She is raised by her stepmother, Rahma, and her father, Faruk, a very rich and generous businessman, who runs his business with the assistance of his brother Garba, one of his three siblings, Asabe, the eldest, and Baraka, the youngest of the four of them. Garba and their elder sister, Asabe, develop a dislike for Hafsat and her stepmother because they assume the stepmother is preventing them from accessing Faruk's riches and generosity. As a result Garba and the sister and engage Faruk's wife in confrontation at every slightest opportunity. Their youngest sister, Baraka, is more sympathetic to Faruk's family, and particularly likes her niece, Hafsat.
Despite these problems, the core family is extremely close and share many wonderful moments together. Tragically at seven, while Hafsat is still in primary school, her father died in an automobile accident. As Faruk's partner in their business deals and closest relative with access to his fortunes, Garba simply takes over the Faruk's fortunes, ejecting Hafsat and her stepmother from the family house so that he can appropriate it for himself as he is about to get married. Under Islamic law, Faruk's fortune is to be disbursed accordingly to his siblings, wife and Hafsat. Garba refuses to allow this be discussed and keeps all the money to himself. Hafsat and her stepmother go back to the stepmother's family house accompanied by their housekeeper, where the stepmother engages in traditional bakery business to earn enough to pay for Hafsat's school fees which Garba refuses to pay. Baraka, Faruk's youngest sister is angry at the denial of access to Faruk's fortune by his family with reduces the family to petty trading to pay Hafsat's school fees. She initiates an action which leads to an Islamic court dividing the inheritance accordance to the Islamic law, which enables Hafsat to have access to her share of her late father's fortune. Thus Hafsat has access to proper schooling. She excels so much at school that the municipal government provided her with a scholarship to continue her studies up to the university.
Channel Gidan Dabino International