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"If I Stand Up”: A Documentary on the Political Life of Afghan Women Screened at UNESCO

06-04-2005 (Paris)

Shekeba Adil
© Anne Juntunen
“If I Stand Up”, a documentary on the political life of women in Afghanistan directed by 21-year old Shekeba Adil, an Afghan camerawoman, was screened at UNESCO on the occasion of International Women’s Day last March.
This documentary, which had never been screened outside of Afghanistan before, includes four 13-minutes portraits of Afghan women engaged in politics: Zakia Zaki, head of the Solh (Peace) radio station, Anis and Simin, respectively doctor and teacher, Malalaï Joya, 26-year old politician, and Massouda Jalal, the only woman candidate on the presidential elections in October 2004.

«There is nothing exceptional if a woman runs a radio station or is engaged in politics in France, but it is exceptional in Afghanistan. This is the reason why we decided to make this documentary», said Shekeba Adil, who co-directed the film.

“If I Stand Up” became a part of a DVD compilation produced with the support of UNESCO, also including two other films realized by camerawomen trained by the non-governmental organization Aïna: «Afghanistan Unveiled» and «Shadows». The benefit from the sale of this DVD will be used to train other Afghan camerawomen.
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