Screening and panel discussion on artistic practice as a platform for political change.
Over the last decade, the film industry in Afghanistan has gained a lot of recognition. The contribution of female directors and staff has been essential to this development. Sahraa Karimi (head of the national Afghan Film Organization from 2019 to August 2021) played a prominent role in this evolution, and in a short time she has put Afghan cinema on the map. With the fall of Kabul in August 2021 this all came to an abrupt end. On International Women’s Day film makers Sahraa Karimi, Vida Dena, Rand Abou Fakher and film programmer Mahdieh Fahimi will talk about the importance of women’s participation – both socially and culturally – in a patriarchal society fragmented by decades of violence and political instability.
On 7 March you can follow an online talk about film, gender and politics in Afghanistan with director Sahraa Karimi. The event is free but please register here.
19:00 – Introduction by Susan Dierickx (VUB RHEA)
19:15 – Screening Hava, Maryam, Ayesha
20:45 – Discussion with Sahraa Karimi, Vida Dena and Rand Abou Fakher on film as a platform for societal and political change, moderated by Mahdieh Fahimi.
21:30 – End
HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha is the first independent Afghan film entirely shot in Kabul with director, actors, and actresses living in Afghanistan.
Three Afghan women from different social background, living in Kabul, are facing a big challenge in their lives. Hava, a traditional pregnant woman whom no one cares about, is living with her father and mother in law. Her only joy is talking to the baby in her belly. Maryam, an educated TV news reporter, is about to get a divorce from her unfaithful husband, but finds out she is pregnant. Ayesha, an 18-year old girl accepts to marry her cousin because she is pregnant from her boyfriend who disappears after hearing the news. Each of them has to solve her problem by herself for the first time.
Director: Sahraa Karimi