For India's Girls, Gardens Offer Escape From Early Marriage

Nearly half of India’s girls marry before they turn 18. Thanks to a micro-agricultural group that fosters financial independence for some 40,000 girls in West Bengal, 16-year-old Monika is able to sell gourds from her garden at a local market and put off an early marriage. Directed by Academy Award-winner Megan Mylan, After My Garden Grows was one of the films selected for the Sundance Institute’s Short Film Challenge.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

For India's Girls, Gardens Offer Escape From Early Marriage

Nearly half of India’s girls marry before they turn 18. Thanks to a micro-agricultural group that fosters financial independence for some 40,000 girls in West Bengal, 16-year-old Monika is able to sell gourds from her garden at a local market and put off an early marriage. Directed by Academy Award-winner Megan Mylan, After My Garden Grows was one of the films selected for the Sundance Institute’s Short Film Challenge.

Read a Q&A with the filmmaker.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.