Afghanistan Through Women's Eyes

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Afghan Women
The words of the women and the rhythm of their lives in the seclusion of family compounds suggests both the satisfying and the limiting aspects of a woman's role in a rural Afghan community. Filmed in the Balkh Province, an area inhabited by Tajik and other Central Asian peoples. The…
Enemies of Happiness - Malalai Joya Fights for Women's Rights in Afghanistan
In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous 27-year-old woman who had ignited outrage among hard-liners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. ENEMIES OF…
Wheat Cycle
The people and their labor are bound to the land in the cycle of activities to the sowing to the harvesting of wheat. Without narration or subtitles, the film conveys a sense of unity between the people and the land. Filmed in the Balkh Province, an area inhabited by Tajik…
Afghan Nomads - The Maldar
At dawn a nomad caravan descends on Aq Kupruk from the foothills of the Hindu Kush. In their camp, and in commerce with the townspeople, the Maldar reveal the mixture of faith and distrust that has kept nomads and sedentary people separate and interdependent over the centuries. The theme of…
Sons of Haji Omar
Haji Omar and his three sons belong to the Lakankhel, a Pashtoon tribal group in northeastern Afghanistan. The film focuses on his family: Haji Omar, the patriarch; Anwar, the eldest, his father's favorite, a pastoralist and expert horseman; Jannat Gul, cultivator and ambitious rebel; and Ismail, the youngest, attending school…
Afghanistan / Faces of Change Collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast…
An Afghan Village
A collage of daily life in Aq Kupruk builds from the single voice that calls the townspeople to prayer, the brisk exchange of the baazar, communal labor in the fields, and the uninhibited sports and entertainment of rural Afghans. The theme of the film focuses on rural society. The film…
Behind the Veil - Women Fighting Fundamentalism Under the Taliban
Shot undercover in Afghanistan during Taliban rule, this hard-hitting documentary investigates how women's groups fought against fundamentalism under one of the most gender-repressive regimes in the contemporary world. The film won the World Medal at the New York Festival.
What Tomorrow Brings - An In-Depth Look at a Girls' School in a Small Afghan Village
With unprecedented access, WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS goes inside the very first girls' school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to obtain an education. From the school's beginnings in 2009 to the girls' first graduation in 2015, filmmaker Beth Murphy embeds herself in this…
The Afghan Solution
The Afghan Solution is a powerful and informative warning about the dangers of believing that a central government can address the gravely important issues that the Afghan people are more than willing to handle locally. It is a superb primer on the key issue affecting modern Afghanistan -- the struggle…
Divorce Iranian Style - Inside an Iranian Divorce Court
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women's lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody…
Love and Marriage in Kabul - Challenging Marital Traditions in Afghanistan
Mahboba Rawi, founder of Mahboba's Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans, widows and schooling girls in Afghanistan. In this documentary, we follow her efforts to challenge centuries-old traditions to make a loving marriage happen for a young couple. Official Selection at AFI Docs. Winner of the Golden Phoenix…