A lullaby for you, my daughter

Published: December 17, 2011

Allaho is a traditional lullaby that is culturally addressed to sons. However, with the help of Pashto and Dari poets, we made a lullaby for girls too. “Allaho – a lullaby for  you my daughter” breaks away from being male- oriented as it is directed towards the female child. 

This video was made when girls schools were being targeted in the different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Afghanistan. The aim behind it was to challenge the mindset that girls should not be allowed to get an education. In shooting this video, I wanted to highlight the positive role that fathers and teachers play in the empowerment of girls. In order to promote positive images, I visited many schools of KP and Afghanistan.

This song is being used for awareness-raising purposes by local organizations in the rural areas, schools, and forums in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It has been aired on Pashto television channels and continues to be used for the advocacy at different forums. The message of the poetry, written by Watan Dost, is to celebrate the presence of a girl in the home as a blessing. It goes further to encourage the baby girl to dream big dreams and emphasizes the importance of education to realize those dreams.

This video has been shot and conceptualised by Samar Minallah and the song has been sung by renowned singer Naghma. The video has has been filmed in Kabul, Bagram, Khyber, and Swat by Samar and it was produced by the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) and Heinrich Boll Foundation Afghanistan.

Samar Minallah

Samar Minallah

A graduate of the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Anthropology, Samar's interests lie in civil and human rights which she translates to film.

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