Child marriage affects many young girls and women all over the world,
and yet, while the number of cases is extremely alarming, there appears to be
hardly any awareness of the subject, never mind public visibility. The consequences
of forced marriage are dire with severe psychological, physical, and social impact
on girls and women. If we are to raise awareness, the silence surrounding forced
child marriage needs to be broken. In her documentary film Growing Up Married
(2016), feminist media scholar Eylem Atakav faces the issue head-on. Her film
brings to the screen four women from Turkey who were forced into marriage as
children; as adults, they recollect their memories, on camera, for the first time.
Growing Up Married—a milestone of feminist filmmaking in its celebration of
women’s narratives of survival—foregrounds their voices as they tell their stories
of having been child brides.