'Tall as the Baobab Tree' - Discussion Bride or Bridesmaid?

'Tall as the Baobab Tree' - Discussion Bride or Bridesmaid?

March 24, 2013

Tonight at 19.30 hrs after the screening of Tall as the Baobab Tree at Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6, Dutch tv host Daphne Bunskoek will host a discussion on child marriage with Minister Lilianne Ploumen, a representative from Girls Not Brides and Monique van 't Hek, Plan Netherlands.


The film tells the story of a Senegalese village, where modern life cautiously makes an entrance. The sisters Coumba and Debo are the first in their family to go to school. But when their brother has an accident, father wants to marry off the youngest daughter in order to pay the brother's medical expenses. Coumba is fiercely opposed to the plan and does everything she can to prevent the forced marriage of her little sister.

Panel: Bride or Bridesmaid?

Your wedding the most beautiful day of your life? Not if you're twelve years old and married off to a much older man. Every year 10 million underage girls are married off!


After the screening Daphne Bunskoek discusses the issue of child marriages with:


  • Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen. She sees herself as the Minister of Chances and Possibilities.
  • Girls Not Brides, an initiative of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders, chaired by Desmond Tutu. He said: “We can end child marriage in a generation.”
  • Monique van ‘t Hek, director Plan Nederland: she helps girls in developing countries: " Investing in girls is the smartest way to break the downward spiral of poverty.
  • With photography of Stephanie Sinclair, World Press Photo 2012 winner with Child Brides.