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Al Jazeera | India's Wushu Warrior
A Muslim schoolgirl fights prejudice and patriarchy with every punch.
Director: Jayisha Patel
Producer: Hugh Hartford
September 2016

Fareeha's school started teaching the Chinese martial art, wushu, because of growing concerns about violence against women in India. 


Now, after qualifying for an Indian national tournament, Fareeha has her goal firmly in sight.

But her mother decides she can't go. While OK with Fareeha learning combat for self-defence, she's strongly against her 14-year-old daughter showing off her moves in public.


Witness follows Fareeha as she challenges her family's traditional values to fight not only for the title, but for her independence.

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