Afghan Women: A History of Struggle

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Talking Among Ourselves...

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Afghan Women: A History of Struggle

Film Screening and Discussion


The tumultuous history of Afghanistan from the perspective of the country’s female population, Afghan Women:  A History of Struggle chronicles the stories of women who have risked their lives to achieve political, economic, and social equality, from the early 1970’s to the present day.


Rare archival footage illustrates the amazing stories of women who participated in the revolutionary movement of the 1970’s and the years of political turmoil that followed: from the proxy war, to civil war, to the ensuing oppressive rule of the Taliban and the current sway of regional warlords and general instability.


These women shed light on the cold war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. that was played out on Afghan soil, and the CIA’s role in the creation of terrorist groups on the Pakistan-Afghan border that plagues the world today.


 Directed by:  Kathleen Foster,  2007, 69 minutes


" Highly recommended. An exceptionally powerful documentary. Should be required viewing for history and women' studies classes. The elements of the film are sure to invite discussion." Educational Media Reviews Online

"Foster challenges viewers to examine how Afghan women have continually borne the dual costs of American imperial ambitions on the one side, and the barbarity of feudal warlords on the other." Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA


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