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South Asia Center presents: Rethinking Women's Roles in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Film

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South Asia Center Presents: Rethinking Women's Roles in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Film

Saving Face (2012; 40 min)

Every year in Pakistan, many people –the majority of them women –are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else known by the victim, receive minimal if any punishment from the state.

Cut From Different Cloth (2005; 57 min)

In 2005, documentary filmmakers ClifOrloffand Olga Shalyginreturned to Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. This time, Olga brought Serena, her 27-year-old stepdaughter. Serena lived for a month as an Afghan with Hasina, a 27-year-old Afghan woman and her family. Together, Serena, Hasinaand Olga set out on a journey to learn what it means to be a woman in today’s Afghanistan. In the process they confront their own conflicts with the culture and traditions.

Afghan Star (2009; 87 min)

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

All Films in English or have English subtitles

September 6, 2013
1:00 –4:00 PM
060 Eggers Hall

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