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Culture for Afghanistan
5 November 2021 11:00 - 12:00
The Cultura per l’Afganistan movement, in collaboration with the Academia del Cinema Català, Asian Film Festival Barcelona and Open Society Foundations, is organising a conversation with Afghan filmmakers Sahraa Karimi and Sahra Mande, two women activists and artists who are fighting for women’s rights in their country. Save the date! Friday 5th November at 11am at the SGAE headquarters in Catalonia.
With this event we want to express the active solidarity of Barcelona and, by extension, Catalan society with the Afghan people, as well as to make visible and give a voice to women artists, activists and politicians in Afghanistan.
The event is one of the actions promoted by the Cultura per l’Afganistan movement to help in the departure, reception and recognition of Afghan women political refugees, artists and intellectuals and members of other groups in vulnerable situations, and which must serve to reiterate the demand made to those in power to commit themselves to the defence of human rights and the promotion of Afghan culture in our country and beyond all borders.
During the event, the Cultura per l’Afganistan movement will be presented, as well as its founding goals and the first actions that have been articulated by the entities and members who have promoted it. The presentation will be attended by:
- Maria Molins: board of directors of the Academia del Cinema Català and Cultura per l’Afganistan.
- Mònica Buenafuente: Cultura per l’Afganistan
- Menene Graso: Barcelona Asian Film Festival
- Jordi Vaquer: Open Society Foundations
The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with the two guests Sahraa Karimi and Sahra Mande, which will be conducted by Maria Molins and Jordi Vaquer.
Event in Catalan and English with simultaneous translation.
SGAE Headquarters Catalonia (Passeig Colom 6, Barcelona)
Born in Tehran in 1983, the daughter of Afghan refugees who migrated to Iran, she is one of the most internationally renowned Afghan film directors. Trained at the Academy of Music and Living Arts in Bratislava (Slovakia), she has directed and produced some thirty short and feature films, mainly documentaries, including Light Breeze, a short documentary that won the prestigious Slovak “Slnko v sieti” award for Best Short Film, the documentaries Parlika (2016) and Afghan Women Behind the Wheel (2009), the latter of which has also won awards at some twenty international film festivals, and her latest feature film Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, shot in Afghanistan, which had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival and was screened at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona in 2020.
With a PhD in film directing from Bratislava, Karimi became the first director of the Afghan Film Organization, the Afghan state film agency, in 2019.
Film director, teacher and founder of the Afghanistan Doc Film House, a production company based in Kabul, and co-founder of the London-based production company Anahat Vision and Films.
After training at the University of Arts London, she returned to Afghanistan where she has dedicated herself to documentary filmmaking, with a special interest in women, education and children in her country. She has organised several festivals such as the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival (FCDH) and A Window to Peace Annual Film Festival at Kabul University.
She has directed and/or produced a dozen short and feature films, selected and awarded worldwide, including Beyond the Burqa (2012), Long Night: Experimental (2016) or A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018), programmed at the 7th edition of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona.