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Film Festival in London showcases female Afghan film-makers

Friday, February 27, 2009 by Marianne Elliott

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Still image from Half Value Life, a film by Alka Sadat about Mariya Bashir

If you live in, or anywhere near, London then put this in your diary now: Birds Eye View Film Festival is happening in London from March 5-13, this year.

Birds Eye View
Film Festival celebrates women filmmakers from around the globe and this
year they have a special focus on films from developing countries. 

Of special interest to me is Risky
Business: Afghan Women Filmmakers
which is an exclusive
screening supported by ActionAid.  The evening will showcase a collection of short documentaries
made by outstanding young women, giving the audience a glimpse of the issues
women face in today's Afghanistan.

If you read my blog while I was working in Herat then you might remember my work with Mariya Bashir, the first ever female Provincial Chief Prosecutor in Afghanistan. One of the films in this festival is a short documentary by Alka Sadat (see image above) about Mariya. I would love to see this film, so if you have any chance of getting there please go for me, cheer for Mariya and for Alka on my behalf, yeah?

With the support of the Commonwealth Foundation, the organisers will also be bringing the filmmakers from Afghanistan to answer audience
questions about their films and the challenges they faced to make

For more
details of this event, please visit here


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3 Responses to "Film Festival in London showcases female Afghan film-makers"

  1. Di says:

    I passed news of it on to a lovely Aussie friend living there. Maybe she’ll be able to go.
    I think Gert will strangle me if I disappear to London for it, as I return from visiting Tara in Paris on the 5th and then jet off to Rome the following week … I can imagine his face if I try the earnest explanation about why I should add another city to that timeframe.

  2. susanna says:

    Cool! I wonder if this collection of films will make its way to New York?

  3. thank-you! this looks amazing and the southbank is very close to where i work.
    will definitely go and check it out.

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