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Small planes, determined girls, and a country in transition: Girls Don’t Fly tells the story of a group of young women from Ghana with “higher aims”. They all share the same dream: They want to learn how to fly a plane.

The film portrays the attendants of the first and only flight training school for women in Ghana. Most of the girls originally come from provincial areas where only few women go to school and where they are pushed into marriage early on. It is very uncommon for women in these areas to drive cars, not to mention flying planes. They are born into a tradition that foresees a life as housewives and mothers for them. Therefore the young pilots are often facing a lack of understanding and a great deal of censure.

A documentary by Monika Grassl
Germany 2016, 90 min, HD

INDIFILM, Mischief Films, a coproduction with the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and BR

MFG regional fund Baden-Württemberg, Federal Chancellery of Austria Division Arts and Culture, Bread for the World and ARRI Film & TV Services

Festival Max Ophüls Award 2016 – Documentary Award
Diagonale Graz 2016