San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I



12:00 noon, Sunday, November 18th, Roxie Theater, San Francisco
Admission: $9
Director: Meena Nanji
Country: USA (2006)
Running Time: 80 min, Color / B&W, DV
English, Dari, Pashto with English subtitles           


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Three remarkable Afghan refugee women (a doctor, a teacher and a women's rights activist), consider the effects of the past 30 years of Afghan. Since 2001, international media interest in Afghani women living under the Taliban has fallen, and with it, public knowledge of the current situation they face. What are their lives like now? Have they gained any real rights or do they still live in fear and repression?  

Shot over a three-year period in the sprawling refugee camps of north-western Pakistan and in the war-torn city of Kabul, this film also highlights the work of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), a group that was often the only witness of that country's brutality against women.

Of South Asian origin and born in Kenya, documentarian Meena Nanji moved to London when she was nine and Los Angeles when she was seventeen. Meena Nanji has been working in experimental and documentary film/video for the last twelve years. Her films View From a Grain of Sand, Voices of the Morning, Living in Color and It Is A Crime have been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, Paul Robeson Fund, The American Film Institute, and NAATA.

Introduced by Prof. Angana Chatterji, California Insitute of Integral Studies. There will be a discussion following the film.



NARIKA (changing the way we live , violence free)



MadCat Women's International Film Festival

Social and Cultural Anthropology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies



Doc  Institute

Asia Society Northern California