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Mohtarama

DIR: Diana Saqeb, Malek Shafi'i
2013 / Afghanistan / 59 min

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In 2009, the Afghan Parliament approved the Shia Family Law, which was then signed by President Karzai. The law severely restricted women’s freedom, making it illegal for them to exit the house without their husband’s consent or resisting to their husband’s sexual demands. Mohtarama The Afghan women who were against this law, gathered and protested in front of Afghanistan’s biggest religious school where the law was written with support from Sheikh Asif Mohsini (an Islamic scholar and the founder of the school). The protests turned violent as the students of the school began humiliating the women protestors by beating, spitting, and labeling them as “Western followers”.
This was one of the first major movements by women for their rights. This seemed to be the right time to visit other provincesto learn about the concerns and challenges of the educated Afghan women and their hopes and expectations from women movements.
Muhtarama is mainly about the educated Afghan women and their common concerns that ranges from lack of political and social rights to domestic violence and troubled married lives to street harassment.

About

Director Diana Saqeb, Malek Shafi'i
Screenplay Malek Shafi’i , Diana Saqeb
Dir. of Photography Malek Shafi’i
Editing Esmael Adavi
Music
Sound
Duration 59 min
Year 2013
Country Afghanistan
Colour
Tags Middle East, religion, revolution, social issues, women
Production BASA Film
BASA Film
Country:  Afghanistan
Web:  www.basafilm.com/
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Festivals

2013 The International Exile ...

2013 The International Exile Film Festival, Sweden
2013 Asiatica Film Festival, Rome, Italy
2013 Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival
2013 DMZ Docs, Korea
2013 Foto Festival, Heidelberg, Germany
2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan
2012 Afghanistan Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Screening in US embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan
2012 Special screening, ISAF Compound, Kabul, Afghanistan
2012 Special screening, CDS Duke University, NC, USA
2012 Special screening, Carolina Friends School, NC, USA
2012 Special screening, Human Rights Day (10 December) UNAMA, Kabul, Afghanistan

Awards

2013 Yamagata International Documentary ...

2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, Special premiere (Winner)



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