As we watch with heavy hearts as the Taliban takes over in Afghanistan, we are making a selection of films available for free that shed light on the history of
As we watch with heavy hearts as the Taliban takes over in Afghanistan, we are making a selection of films available for free that shed light on the history of this region and, most importantly, that highlight the voices and lived experiences of Afghan women. In the midst of the political tumult and our fear for women’s lives and rights, it’s important for all of us to know more about the country and the lives of Afghan women — to see their struggles as well as their incredible triumphs over the last 20 years. From the story of the first woman member of parliament to the first women video journalists in the country, from the story of a woman fighting against sexual abuse and winning in the courts to the triumph of Sonita over child marriage, the films in this collection demonstrate what Afghan woman have accomplished in a generation. This context is important as we contemplate how to support women in Afghanistan moving forward.
In response to this important moment, we are making the films in our Voices of Afghan Women collection available to watch for free August 19, 2021 through September 12, 2021.
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The nine films are:
I am the Revolution, a film by Benedetta Argentieri, 2019.
I am a Girl, a film by Rebecca Barry, 2013.
A Thousand Girls Like Me, a film by Sahra Mani, 2018.
Sonita, a film by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015.
Playing with Fire: Women Actors in Afghanistan, a film by Anneta Papathanassiou, 2014.
Unveiled Views: Muslim Women Artists Speak Out, a film by Alba Sotorra, 2009.
Enemies of Happiness, a film by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem, 2006.
Search for Freedom, a film by Munizae Jahangir, 2003.
Afghanistan Unveiled, a film by Brigitte Brault & Aina Women Filming Group, 2003.
Read more in TRT World: Providing context to women’s struggles in Afghanistan via filmmaking
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