Examining the social status of Afghan women during the country’s transi- tion from a totalitarian theocracy to democracy, the picture tells the story of Suraya Parlika, a mature Afghan woman who after the defeat of Taliban decided to enter the political arena on the national as well as the local level. In doing so, she walked into the “territory of men” where active women are viewed rather as an oddity despite constitutional guarantees and where even members of cabinet and parliament, mostly tribal chieftains, show disre- spect to women. Especially those courageous women with unveiled faces who refuse to be silent but are trying to trigger an open public discussion on the most pressing social issues such as discrepancy between the law and its application in everyday life, overt as well as latent discrimination against women or concrete crimes perpetrated by men against women who strive for a dignified life.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    50 min.
  • Country:
  • Director:
    Sahraa Karimi
  • Screenplay:
    Sahraa Karimi
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Sahraa Karimi
  • Music:
    Juraj Burian
  • Editor:
    Peter Harum
  • Cast:
    Suraya Parlika, Abdol Wakil, Malek Settiz, Suleiman Layeq, Torpekay Nawabi, Habiba Omar, Khadija Shirbaaz, Lina Alam, Soheyla Heydari
  • Production:
    AH production
  • Sales:
    AH production
  • Festivals:
    Jeden svet 2016


16.11.2016 15:45 Kino Lumière (K2)

About the Director:

Sahraa Karimi

Sahraa Karimi (1983, Kabul, Afghanistan) grew up in Tehran, Iran, and although she immigrated to Slovakia at the age of 17, she is currently living and working in her native Kabul. She obtained her PhD degree from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Her feature–length debut, Afghan Women behind the Wheel, collected about 25 awards at major film festivals around the world while her graduation film, Light Breeze, received Sun in the Net, the Slovak national film award, for Best Short Fiction Film.