• Still from What Tomorrow Brings

    Still from What Tomorrow Brings

The Film

What Tomorrow Brings is filmed in a small, conservative Afghan village that has never before allowed its girls to be educated. Now, for the first time ever, girls in Deh'Subz village have their own school — the Zabuli School. The film plays out over the course of a school year as we follow the stories of three students, two teachers, and tenacious school founder Razia Jan. While the girls are learning to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom.

What Tomorrow Brings is a coming-of-age story in which young girls struggle against tradition and time, and discover that their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. Although the focus is on the students and teachers, the men in the village play an important role, too, especially their relationship with school founder Razia Jan. It is the men who have given the okay to educate their daughters and keep the school safe – even if all the while lamenting that this really should be a boys’ school. The film reveals an intimate portrait of village life and a community caught between conservative traditions and more modern values that Razia is trying to instill. And as the school year comes to an end, five of the 9th grade girls have done so well on their exams that they will be able to skip to the 11th grade when the next school year begins. We don’t know exactly what tomorrow will bring for these girls, but can feel confident they will be brighter and better-prepared because of the love, support, protection, and education they have found at the Zabuli School.

The Filmmaker

  1. Beth MurphyProducer/Director