Filmhuis in Gesprek: What Tomorrow Brings

Beth Murphy

Filmhuis in gesprek is the Filmhuis’s knowledge and networking platform for the education sector.
This edition is presented in collaboration with Movies that Matter. The screening of What Tomorrow Brings is followed by a discussion with activist Razia Jan.

In a remote, conservative village in Afghanistan independent Razia Jan sets up the first ever girls’ school. It gives the girls the opportunity to learn to read and write, and provides a safe environment in which they can dream of a better future. However, traditions, conservative family members and the threat of the Taliban cast a shadow over their future prospects.

Women’s rights in Afghanistan are a scarce commodity. While certain freedoms have been restored since US soldiers expelled the Taliban in 2001, women are still subjected to strict conventions and traditions, especially in remote rural areas.

Brave, seventy-year-old Razia Jan was lucky enough to grow up in a less conservative part of the country and even went abroad to study. She remembers better times in her homeland and dreams of transmitting a better Afghanistan to the next generations of women. She decides to found the Zabuli school in a remote village, the first school that provides education to girls.

For one year, the camera zooms in on the courageous people who give life to the school: the pupils, the teachers and the founder herself. Apart from being a place where the girls can learn to read and write, the school offers them an environment in which they can dream of a better future. However, the Taliban threat, which seems to be gaining momentum as international peacekeeping forces withdraw, casts a shadow over their future prospects.


Beth Murphy
Country of production
Afghanistan, United States
77 minutes
Spoken language
Dari, English