In 1970s Lahore, a fourteen-year-old girl named Pari dreams of becoming a pilot, crafting paper planes and studying the life of Amelia Earhart. Pari's six-year-old sister Mehr is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lie in the path of the women from this family. Pari and Mehr's mother Leila was married as a child to Daniyal, a man significantly older than her, and has learned to conform to her role within the home. However, when Daniyal brings home a wedding shoe for Pari with an uncharacteristic amount of excitement, tensions begin to rise between the parents.

Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle. It is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of that dream. It is a story about the burden of family and the impact a patriarchal culture has on it. For me, SITARA is more than a film. It is a movement that we want to kickstart across the world, one that encourages parents to invest in their daughters' dreams, encouraging them to free girls from the disheartening fate of early marriage.

In 1970s Lahore, a fourteen-year-old girl named Pari dreams of becoming a pilot, crafting paper planes and studying the life of Amelia Earhart. Pari's six-year-old sister Mehr is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lie in the path of the women from this family. Pari and Mehr's mother Leila was married as a child to Daniyal, a man significantly older than her, and has learned to conform to her role within the home. However, when Daniyal brings home a wedding shoe for Pari with an uncharacteristic amount of excitement, tensions begin to rise between the parents.

Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle. It is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of that dream. It is a story about the burden of family and the impact a patriarchal culture has on it. For me, SITARA is more than a film. It is a movement that we want to kickstart across the world, one that encourages parents to invest in their daughters' dreams, encouraging them to free girls from the disheartening fate of early marriage.