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PROGRAMMERS NOTES

With suicide bombers around the corners and the fears caused by the Taliban's return, journalism in war-torn Afghanistan is extremely dangerous, and Afghan reporters' lives are in the hands of destiny. It worsens for the female journalists, who do double-duty battling both the utmost dangers and the conservative, patriarchal society that continues to ignore women's abilities in the name of tradition.
Filmed from 2018 to 2020, Brishkay Ahmed portrays the daily operation of Zan (Farsi for woman) TV - Kabul's female-operated news agency - while they apprehensively cover two main events: the national elections and US-Taliban peace talks.
Now that the Afghan government has fallen amidst the astonishment of international observers, can educated Afghan women challenge the Taliban's fundamentals this time, or will they be again the main losers in Afghanistan's four-decade war?

Reza Sameni

In Person Screening at Paradise Cinemas, 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2. Sunday, October 24 at 11:00AM + 30 Minute Q&A

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland

Brishkay Ahmed

Director:

Brishkay Ahmed is an Afghan-Canadian filmmaker. She spends her time between Canada and Afghanistan working on film and television projects and striving to shine a light on the courage and beauty of women across the globe.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Brishkay Ahmed

Producer

Brishkay Ahmed

Cinematographer

Brishkay Ahmed, Ali Hussein Husseni, Fatima Tawakoli

Editor

Brishkay Ahmed

Principal Cast

Shogofa Sediqi, Freshta Mahboby, Najwa Alami

Brishkay Ahmed

EXPERIMENTAL | 84 MINS | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland