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Nobody’s Daughter

Two women, a chance meeting, shared history and a journey to discover how tradition intersects with abuse.


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  • DIRECTOR Marianne Latham

  • PRODUCER Didem Caia + Marianne Latham



‘Nobody’s Daughter’ tells the story of 16 year old Rima Tawil, who survived her father’s attempt to kill her, but was forced to live the rest of her life in hiding.
Her story is told by Didem Caia, whose disappearance at the age of three, while on an access visit with her father, prompted a massive police search.
Rima and Didem met by chance and after discovering their similar histories, forged by culture, tradition and misogyny, became close friends. In 2019, Rima died from breast cancer, alone, defeated and broken-hearted. Didem’s story could have ended as Rima’s did, if not for a mother who refused to obey an archaic, abusive code of male behaviour.

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  • July 2022

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The parallel between Rima and Didem’s lives, both from the same cultural background, with dominating fathers is the backbone of the story. By intertwining their stories, the documentary applies a personal approach to interrogate and intertwine the sensitivities, nuances and intersections of family and domestic violence, religion, law and culture that is such a complex situation, particularly for women and girls from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

'Nobody's Daughter' addresses gender inequality, justice and an understanding of diverse cultures through a multicultural female identifying person's perspective. This perspective aims to shed light on the ever-presence of violence against culturally and linguistically diverse women in Australia that can go unnoticed or be scapegoated as 'culture' or 'tradition'.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

By bridging two stories of similar yet different multi-cultural women, the outcome we seek is to create more discussion and awareness about the difficulties of living within the boundaries of certain religious/cultural customs and traditions and how these can be ultimately fatal for some women. The tension of these cultural customs within an Australian context are particularly difficult, as the question becomes about the right to practice said customs (arranged marriage, patriarchal control, honour killings etc;) that are embedded in certain cultures, versus criminal activity and policy.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

We hope to create an archive of two personal stories, which can become an initiator for others to consider their own personal stories and relationship to gendered violence and the ways in which certain communities of women are still not receiving the consideration and care they need to rise above the restraints of cultural and religious violence.

Our documentary may achieve this through employing the connection of personal storytelling with expert opinion, statistical information that could eventually add to the growing area of documentaries around the intersection of violence and women.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We currently do not have film partners.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Consider their own personal stories and behaviours. though focused on gendered violence, we hope that our documentary can create awareness among all genders and cultures.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Distribution will be important for having our documentary be seen in the first instance. If there is then a growing discussion that develops around the issues in the documentary, then this may be a catalyst for more women to not only speak out, but understand if they are in relationships or dynamics that are co-ercive and violent. I refer to Jess Hill's 'see what you made me do', Amani Haydar's 'Mother Wound' and Broadwave's podcast, 'TENDER'. These are examples of diverse forms of work (documentary, novel, podcast) that has ignited conversation around culture, tradition, masculinity, law and violence against women.

Conversation is an indicator for success, because speaking is how we understand our circumstances and many cultural conditions that women face, seek to silence the voice and story of these women, which means they are operating within a system that wasn't created for them or by them.