Pashtana’s Lesson

Film phase:Completed


Pashtana’s Lesson follows the story of a young girl living in the rural Afghan village of Deh’Subz, on the outskirts of Kabul Province, as she resists an arranged marriage so that she may attend Zabuli Education Center, the first girls’ school in the area.


Pashtana’s Lesson is directed by Beth Murphy.

Black and white headshot of Beth Murphy from the neck up, smiling.Beth Murphy is founder of the film and media company Principle Pictures, and Director of GroundTruth Films, where she trains and mentors the next generation of foreign correspondents and filmmakers. Her work as producer, director, journalist, writer, and photographer is focused on human rights, equality, and justice, and she is most driven to tell the stories of those who are shining a light in some of the darkest corners of the world.


In 2016, Pashtana’s Lesson debuted as a New York Times Op-Doc. To watch, visit the New York Times Op-Docs websiteWhat Tomorrow Brings, the feature-length documentary on which Pashtana’s Lesson is based, aired on PBS’s POV series October 31, 2016.