The Beloved Daughter

When 14-year-old Rekha realises that her family is planning to marry her off, her dreams collapse. How can she prevent the marriage when everyone is forcing her to accept her fate?


What happens to a girl’s development when her family casts her out when she is still a child? How is her future affected by the violence that she encounters, violence that is concealed under a veneer of care and concern?

The documentary film The Beloved Daughter examines a childhood that is cut short and the mental landscape of a young girl growing up in the midst of violence.

Director: Tiina Madisson
Cinematographer: Marita Hällfors, Anna Karatvuo
Editor: Katja Pällijfeff
Composer: Salla Luhtala
Producers: Kirsi Mattila, Joonas Kauppinen, Alexander Kristiansen


Tampere Film Festivals, Finland 2020

CPH:DOX, Denmark 2020

CinéDOC Tbilisi, Georgia 2020

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Finland 2020

Kiev International Filma Festival KINOLITOPYS, Ukraine 2020                        Golden Shot Award

KIMFF Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Nepal 2020            Second Prize

PIMFF Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival, Pakistan 2020

Docpoint Tallinn Documentary Film Festival, Estonia 2021

Beirut International Women Film Festival, Lebanon 2021


Finnish Film Foundation