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People have been interested in helping the women of Afghanistan. Here is AFGHANISTAN UNVEILED’s oral history specialist Shaista Wahab’s reply:
"Thank you for your interest in helping Afghan women. I would recommend The Asia Foundation, the main sponsor of the training course for the Afghan women journalists. The Asia Foundation [Women’s Advancement Fund] has a number of projects in Afghanistan." —Shaista Wahab
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
I caught, what appears to have been, a re-run of this program on KNME my
local PBS after having just finished reading the book Three Cups of Tea. I had not realized it was filmed in 2002 but what was presented seemed so relevant to what I had just seen on Frontline World about the Taliban in Islamabad, Pakistan I assumed it was the same time period.
It was very helpful to catch a glimpse into the world so eloquently
described in the book so soon after finishing it, that very day in fact. I was so deeply moved and affected by the tales of the Hazaras women of the Bamiyan Valley I wanted to send them bread, meat and clothing immediately on the next flight out.
I feel ashamed that my government, the BUSH administration in particular, had so bitterly let the people of this country down after making such promises. My heart breaks for these women and children, it just breaks. I want to help but my fear is the help will never actually make it to them, and it is to those woman the aid must go.
My interest in this area was piqued by the book The Kite Runner which placed an indelible image in my mind of what life was like post Soviet and pre-Taliban occupations in this country. It was easy to imagine what Kabul must have been like, modern and flourishing. I think most Americans have no idea what has happened to this country, to this region seeing it only as poverty stricken and so extremely "foreign and backward". Hopeless and worthless to affect positive change. How misguided and insular we are on this side of the world.
Thank you for the awakening. I will be passing it on to everyone I know.
Having spent 6 yrs in Afghanistan in the 70's and looking at every bit of footage available since then, I find this video documentary the most
incredible I have seen. I spent several days in Bamiyan and enjoyed the
wonderful hospitality of the Hazara people as well as that of many other
tribes. To have women talking to women so openly is priceless, the stories they filmed are only a pin prick of what has been suffered by the the Afghan women, children, families, husbands. I would hope that these wonderful journalists, who have put their own lives on the line to film this, are able to continue their work in bringing the true situation in Afghanistan before the American public.
Thank you, thank you.
In todays media world we become numb to human suffering. So there I was drinking a glass of Cabernet while watching a woman in Afghanistan (Hezara?) boiling potatoes with grass as fuel for the heat, her children had no shoes, and the men were and livestock were killed. I thought "God, how fortunate I am", but more importantly, how can people be living like this, it's incomprehensible. Please tell me how can I help? Keep up the good work.
I read in Parade magazine a couple of weeks ago that one of the brave young journalists who made this exceptional documentary, Jamila Emami, is now afraid to leave her home in Afghanistan. Through emails to friends, she says she has been threatened and warned not to make any more films. Someone even tried to run down her mother with a car. Is there anything we can do to help?
This is another movie that makes me happy to see that something is going on and it is heading in right direction. I am glad that women of Afghanistan can make a difference in their lives and they don't waste any time. I see that there is a lot of good men and ready for change in their country. They need to understand that helping women they will help themselves and it will make all of their lives better.
The film is a sad commentary on the plight of women today in Afghanistan. There were a few instances, examples of women being regarded as something other than chattel, male property, but for the most part their treatment is nothing less than deplorable.
I just finished watching Afghanistan Unveiled. I hope this program could be much longer. I also hope that major U.S. news and documentaries could learn a little about reflection of how things must be shown with not too much manipulations. I give these women so much credit for undertaking such an initiative to do this reporting.
It is shocking to watch how women are oppressed so much and yet it looks like things are getting better! I hope broadcasting such programs could help the situation, and the same reporters could do a follow up a year or two later to see how things are in the future.
Keep up the good work.
What a brave and wonderfull documentary. The people of Afghanistan seem so wonderfull, strong, and beautifull. Documentaries like this are so important because they show the world what life is like in places and situations we couldn't see or possibly begin to understand otherwise. This is very important to get more peoples support in helping the Women and people of Afghanistan and in makeing sure that something like the Taliban dosn't rear it's ugly head to power again. We can all hope that some day there will be no Taliban and that women will be free of fear to seek edjucation for themselves and their children. Afghanistan will become a very strong country once it uses it's resources compleatly. My 13 year old daughter watched this with me and is so greatfull that she can go to school and can grow up to be what ever she wants and marry who and if she wants.
Having seen the places in Afghanistan the team traveled to when I worked there in 1969, I was extremely interested in seeing them again. How powerful to see that in spite of the horrors of occupation, starvation, civil war, repression, drought, and other miseries, strong women have survived to tell their stories. The footage of the young women from Kabul's compassion for the survivors and their courage to work without the chadri in the face of criticism should give us all hope. More footage of Afghans who are speaking out and acting out against fundamentalist repression could prompt support for rebuilding and redesigning Afghanistan's education system. It is one thing to have to cover one's body, quite another to be forced to starve one's curiousity about the world. Feeding that hunger for knowledge, skills, and travel will make the greatest difference.
Owings Mills, MD
I just watched the documentary on pbs, and it was one of the most moving documentaries I have ever seen. I, like a few of the other contributors, would like to help, but am unsure how to do so. I also feel that simply donating money to some organization is not the right way to go, but at the same time, what else can I do to help other than travel there myself? I was unsure about the war in Afghanistan before, but after the documentary, I can at least say that some (though little) women's rights have come out of it. Thank you pbs and the brave women who did the interviews (mariah and jamilla.. those were the two I saw). Keep letting your voices be heard!
This is an inspiring documentary. The strength these women have in pursuing their simple yet difficult goals - getting an education, leaving poverty, participating in society - will, I pray, be one day realized.
I am disturbed in how comfortably the men, albeit unknowingly, abuse the name of God in their oppressive decisions - this reflects their inadequate religious education. Islam clearly provides equality between men and women in the Quran and as practiced by the Prophet Muhammad. To correct the society, the first step is to re-educate the men of the rights God gave to women 1400 years ago.
I very much appreciated this program- it gives us some perspective on a part of the world and on people's lives that have been veiled for such a long time, a mystery to us living far outside of this land and society. It is good that the film included mention of trajedies caused by USA bombing, as well as by the Taliban. When will we free ourselves of the scourages of war and of arrogance?
I watched your documentart on December 20th, 2004, just prior my exam, and I was taken aback by the quality and commentary of the documentary. I believe that for the young adult journalists, this has been both an adventure and a truly eye-opening experience. This documentary, has allowed westerners to have a glimpe into a womans, particularlily an afghani's woman, life under the veil in a trying political system. I commend the effort that the journalists took in making this documentart, especially in taking into consideration, the risks they took in making such a documentary, as it could have had dire consquences (death, etc.). I believe that this documentary shows how "easy" women have it north America as opposed to the afghani women who are silenced by their masters. Once again, thank you for having portrayed a particular view of your life into our life.
I haven't seen the documentary yet but i got to know about the homapage from my teacher and after reading everything about the project I wished I had also been there in Afghanistan and could help in a possible way, which I would like to do it in future sometime.
After experiencing the taliban-era I would really like to see how the situation has changed especially women's lifes.
Seattle WA, USA
Saw a glimpse of it, loved its authenticity, freshness, stunning landscape, the courage it took to do it. So sorry I missed most of it, now I want so badly to see all of it. Any hope you may re-run it after February 1. 04 when I return from Asia? And would you be willing to let me/Seattle know? May be it's out soon as video or dvd Thanks, I love INDEPENDENT Lens - I cannot think of any other way to GO. Keep up the wonderful work of touching other's lives, the doers and the witnessers/watchers.
Afghanistan Unveiled broke my heart. I was a Peace Corps vol in Kabul from 1969-71 and it reminded of all the wonderful people I knew there. I have spent the last 25 yrs crying and praying for this nation. The film gave me hope that the women of Afghanistan will find freedom from oppression and all will be relieved of their desparate deprivation. The trainers and mentors of this project deserve so much praise! So many people want to help. What else can the internat'l community do to assist and comfort Afghans in their suffering? How can we get internatl aid and relief to those poor orphans struggling in Bamiyan?
I spent a wonderful 2 yrs in that beautiful country -- the people are so sweet, the music divine, and the culture very rich. I learned a lot from them and received much more that I gave. It still seems unreal to me that they have endured 25 yrs of unimaginable suffering. Please allow us to give comfort and relief. We need specific info on how to help.
WOW. I have been trying to tell people about Afghanistan and the incredible people there since I returned from there in 2001. I was in the Army and had gone to Kuwait when I was put on a team heading to Afghanistan to investigate information about Al-queda. This was two-weeks prior to 9/11. The brutality we witnessed and the horrors committed against these people were unimaginable to me. These people deserve our help and they need to be heard. Thank you for airing this and PLEASE air it again in a time slot that will allow it to reach even more viewers.
If one were able to equip the women of the Bamiyan caves with looms and thread, what sort of staples would they need as well? I am sure there are many, many groups of women, but I was so impressed with the matriarch of the group you interviewed. I have worked through Asia Foundation [sent over 4,000 text and library books to Kabul], The Heifer Project [purchased flocks of chicks for refugee camps, and this year seedlings for orchards],Child Light Foundation for Afghan Children [supported a health worker for one year], UMCOR [sent school, health and sewing kits], Afghans for Afghans [we've sent over 637 hand made afghans since jan 03] and Habitat for Humanity-International [we've built 2 houses, 1 well and money to repair another house]-- but through Child Light, I've learned that much can be done in-country.
I see others take the looms as a method to 'learn to fish, rather than provide fish' -- these are women willing to work that have no tools to do so. Is someone already doing this? Can we participate, encourage, support this project?
Oprah opened the window that I could see the possibilities of how one person can make a difference, this film also opens windows -- let us not shut them.
Last night I set comfortably in my couch to watch one of the most painful documentary I've seen in my 38 years of life. While I kept thinking and counting all of my blessings I could only compliment these VERY BRAVE young ladies who not only feel their own people's pain but are also willing to show it to the world. I cried with them, but I also marveled with Zainab (the elderly woman of the Hazaar tribe)...what an example of resiliance that wise lady is! I will definetely get involved in trying to continue to support and help these corageous women! BRAVAS!!!
This piece is the essence of honest, constructive journalism. In speaking one's truth, and being willing to really listen to someone else's truth with compassion, we plant seeds of hope and growth.
As I watched, I felt deep respect for the people. The cultural heritage still shines through all the suffering and trauma the people experienced. It felt as though I was being reacquainted with old friends. That tells me that while the Taliban's brutality has deeply scarred the country, they still could not destroy it. This chapter in Afganistan's history has not yet concluded. They have only just started on this journey to recover, but they must finish -- it is within their power to reclaim their lives, hopes, dreams and peace. This film documents that the process has already begun.
Dear lady, we hear your voice.
It amazes me how little information gets into the major news companies. Most of them(major news stations) seem hell bent on making our guys out to be the bad guys. Those women who are living in the caves said the Taliban came and killed every male in their group and most of the female adults. Leaving just older women and little girls. The women who was telling their story "If someone would give us looms we could make rugs to sell to support ourselves." I thought is there anyway we could help here then I remembered this film was a couple of years old already. I wonder where they are today and what are their needs now? Did someone help them?
John A. Garcia
Chicago , Illinois
I had just picked up my 4 month old son when I sat down to watch the show. I couldn,t hold him tight enough. The film makers did a wonderful job in showing how these women have to live. It doesn't suprise me that all of these things are being done, by MEN, in the name of GOD. My heart is with all the innocent people of Afghanistan and so will be a contribution.
i was so moved by this film, i emailed every woman in my contact list with the link to the pbs.org page.
what struck me most was how hopeful most of the women are, and how thankful they are that the Taliban has been booted from the country. this goes beyond our sad 2-party political system and shows the truth, which isn't subject to media bias (at least from the US media).
i hope everyone who has seen this film tells everyone they know about it. i also hope that everyone who sees it feels as motivated to do something, however small, to help these women. i am currently scouring the web to find a way to get money to help the Hazara women.
thanks for airing this inspiring film!
Brave, stunning, and imperative voices emerging from Afghanistan; the voices of Afghani women. I was incredibly moved when the young men crowded around one of the female journalists and attempted to force their male privilege over her and imply that by not wearing a chadri she was not "devout". While she mentioned that she had the memory of her mother in mind while she made that defiant stand, she seemed to be speaking for many Afghani women who have been silenced by the Taliban.
I saw it last night.It was a brave effort on every ones part although many at times it looks as if the purpose was to do negative propaganda against Taliban. Do not get me wrong as I am against any regime which try to manipulate religion for their vested interests.I was having my dinner while watching but when I saw Zainab with almost nothing, felt very bad.
How can I help these folks?
If you help Govt. agencies, it does not reach the right place.
I do not agree with some of the comments regading covering head by ladies in Islam. It has nothing to do with liberation, education or other stuff mentioned by some of your viewers.
As mentioned in your program changing Govt, creating puppet rulers is not going to change the fate of these peoples.
They need education, basic life necessities and law & order to progress. Removing Chader/head scarf is not going to bring advancement otherwise African/Sahara desert is the most advanced nation.
I caught the program while flipping channels and was captivated by it. The women are incredibly courageous to embark on such a journey. May they continue with their quest and help other women to follow in their independence.
I wish that everyone in America (and the world) could see this film. Then maybe some people may understand why Afghanistan needs the help of the U.S.( and other countries).We must not turn away from these people, because it is too hard to look at or none of our business.
I was touched so much by these women and their longing to be free. I will continue to pray that these women are able to live freely someday.
I loved this documentary. It was extremely touching. The women running the cameras and interviewing the people were beautiful and intelligent. Over the course of the film I fell in love with them.
What an important film!!! I can't wait for more on the subject.
I am thrilled that I will be able to get a copy of the film, so that I can show it to others.
Two years ago St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hope, NJ, got involved with the American Friends Service Committee in helping to build a girls school in Nayak, Afghanistan. Now the girls at St. Luke's and some of their friends are writing to the girls in Nayak, exchanging letters, photos, drawings and small gifts. Nayak is in central Afghanistan, near Bamiyan,and is an area of Hazaras, Shi'as who suffered a great deal under the Taliban and who have a positive view of girls education. The school has been expanding one grade a year and now has almost outgrown the new school we helped to build! I see the school and the pen pal project as an investment in the future of Afghanistan and in the future of women in Afghanistan. By the way, for people who want to get involved, AFSC is always looking for sponsors for the schools they are building in Afghanistan.
I was very touched by the documentary and distressed that many of the poor were not being looked after by anyone. I would like to find out how I can send a loom and wool to the woman in the film that requested it so she could be independent and take care of her children. Is there a way for regular citizens to be able to reach out in this personal way to people in the documentary? I think lines of communication need to be open for this. There may be others who would like to directly help people and who would prefer to do it directly than go through a charitable organization or NGO.
I lived and worked with Brigitte Brault and the other video journalists as an English editor at AINA in Kabul during the summer of 2003. To Brigitte, an absolutely amazing human being, and all the women who worked to bring this film to American eyes, I must offer my sincere compliments and gratitude. Enough can not be said of the courage these women displayed by traveling to remote areas of the country, despite risks to their own safety, to ensure the voices were heard. Bless you all and hope to see you again soon.
The bravery of these young women have to be commended. I am a Christian, and after watching the documentary last night I couldn't help but pray for the lives of those whose hearts we saw so vividly in this documentary. I pray to God and Jesus that the women in Afghanistan and around the world are able to attain the rights needed to live a better and more filling life. I am truly humbled by the sacrifices of these journalists, and I am even more humbled by the spirit of the women in Afghanistan. May Jesus protect you all, and may your stomachs be filled with joy and love. Thank you for your story, I am deeply moved.
New York, New York
I too, was wondering how to contribute to a fund for looms for the women living in the caves. I believe the strong elder woman stated that if they had looms they would be able to make a living weaving rugs. I have a beautiful rug from Afghanistan and every day I think about the person who made it and am grateful. I believe they are people with exceptional artistic gifts. The documentary showed the diversity of beliefs in the country and it was heartening to see the young women journalists starting a dialogue. How courageous they are! And how hopeful it is to see some of the men (like the doctor), working for the good of all of the people.
I see by the selected posts that other hearts were touched as deeply by this film as my husband's and mine. We, too, are interested in finding more information about looms and/or livestock or supplies so that the precious individuals represented in this film can have a means to support themselves and the orphans they have taken under their care. I would also like to find an email or address for the wonderfully courageous filmakers so that I can send words of thanks and encouragement. I have been unable to find that information on the AINA site.
Please print up a way to help these women in Afganistan. There should be a central agency where people could send money or actual clothes or food or help with looms and wool.
Print it on this site so all of us can contribute. These women deserve all the help we can give them. Now is the hour.
I was very impressed with this film, I work as a refugee nurse in Texas,and have had the honor of working and getting to know quite a few Afghani women. After seeing and learning more about what these wonderfully strong women have gone thru, i have a new appreciation and understanding of them. I can only hope that it inspires me to be a better person when dealing with them, and more understanding of their fears and needs.
Thanks to the young film makers for their insiration and dedication to the people of their country.
Richard & Lynn Voigt
As educators and artists, last night's PBS airing deeply touched our hearts. We truly respect the brave and painful task these young women accepted in documenting the aftermath and current survival conditions under which Afghan women now struggle to survive. They are left with horrid memories of vivid atrocities that have permanently devastated their lives, their families, their children, and ultimately their heritage. However, beyond their unveiled tears, we saw beautiful faces, sincere smiles, voices filled with hope, determination in their soulful eyes, and a burning passion to effectively change human condition and cultural destiny beyond existing barriers and territorial borders. We send our love, hugs, and prayers to all who suffer, and encourage those beautiful, passionate women for finding their own voice in a time of chaos, loss, anger, hope, and new democratic opportunity.
Please show this again so more people can see the brave woman in Afghanistan. It would be wonderful if the woman from the US could find looms that are not being used and ship them to Afghanistan. What organization could help to get looms to the woman in the film?
Chain Lake, Maine
Just when you think your heart couldn't endure any more of the sorid realities intolorance and oppresion in the world have to offer... there you are. The reality of these hopeful women so foreign to ours deserves better than our sympathies. They deserve the common denominator to our overdeveloped pastime of exess and waste, prominence in the public media. So, thank you for the glimpse into their plot of Earth, but maybe exposure on a broader, non-choir scale is what we all should hope for.
Very nice piece. These woman are true pioneers and I admire their courage. Simplicity is a good thing, opression, starvation is not. I hope the woman in this piece and throughout their country fight back, get educated, and make a better place for themselves and their children. I was very pleased to see the doctor in the film doing his best to help with the healthcare.
I watched last part of the film. It was so moving. I'm sure my wife was silently crying.
Could anyone tell me about a background music in this film? It was not the last song, may be the one before. A girl is singing a song on the background. It was so beautiful. Is there any place I can get his song from?
Afghanistan Unveiled is a truly remarkable film, and I am hoping that PBS shows it again. The pain and suffering the women and the country endured is unbelievable and truly inspiring. I knew that there were killings, but to see this film and to see all the orphans and women shed their tears.... I cried along with them. My heart is with all of them and I truly want to help those in need somehow. I pray that the women in Afghanistan stay strong and courageous and stay on the path. I admire all of them.
Sandra E Stephens
What spirit these women have in the midst of threats and abuse. What an untapped resource of talent. It would be wonderful to assure the remainder of their days would be spent in comfort without hunger.
In my mission work I get calls from families to who want to donate goods left over from garage and estate sales or house closings, but frequently our charities say they have too many clothes and can't take any more. Our landfill has tons of new merchandise dumped by stores at end of season who don't want it on the market competing with new products, including lumber, dishes, carpets, etc. How can we help. If we had the transport, we could not only cloth them but furnish their households.
The brave young ladies did a great job in doing the documentary as it was very moving to see and hear the truth of their conditions. By their presence in photographing the story they helped educate woman and men in their country and ours. It should be aired again so Amercians can realize how our soldiers helped liberate them and how much more needs to be done.
I was very moved by this program,and felt moved to do something, but what? Then I heard one of the brave ladies, answer my question. Send a loom. Simple enought, Just tell me where to send one, and where to purchase one. Just make sure it's not Walmart.
San Francisco, California
I am an Afghan woman born in Afghanistan, but I was raised here in United States. I understand that the woman in Afghanistan have been through tremendous oppression by the Taliban, but in order for the country to see any kind of progression there needs to be well established education program. Kabul is probably the only city in Afghanistan that has educational opportunities for the woman. If the woman in other parts of Afghanistan had the same opportunities then eventually woman will gain higher status. There is a great need for teachers and schools in Afghanistan.
I was in Kabul this summer and seeing this documentary reminded me of my love for the people of Afghanistan. I do believe that the women of the country have a future ahead of them that is brighter and filled with hope. With the continued passion to overcome the oppression that has been in the lives of so many Afghans, I believe that the generations to come will experience an unprecidented freedom.
I really appreciate the insight presented concerning Afghan women and their struggle for daily survival and freedom...
I really don't think anyone else could have done it that good...you felt as if you were with the journalist as they traveled to the various areas of the country..
Its great that young women are carrying the tourch and telling it like it is...you could feel their pain and optimism...their fears and determination, to make a difference and influence Afghan culture, the world body, and particulary other women
I would also like to know how one may help the Hazara women and children. Is there a reputable agency through which to send items or contributions?
It seems interesting that there was international concern over the Buddha statues, which of course was a great cultural loss, but after all they were only the statues. Here are women, surviving on nearly nothing, and even the Buddha could not turn away with dispassion.
I did not know what to expect when I sat down to watch this film. I was astounded to hear the stories of both the journalists and the women they interviewed. It is the next morning, and I am still stunned. It was a painful testimony of the realities that women and their children are currently living in our "modern" world. Such a harsh subject to shine a light on, but the effect was just that - one of brilliance. It was brilliantly done.
Devoid of the slickness of modern day journalism, the honesty and emotion of the journalists and their resolve and commitment to the people of their country is so completely uplifting to me.
I woke up in a heated home, with all of my family healthy and safe, with a full refridgerator, electricity, wonderful schools, a great job, and I could only think of the women who awoke in caves today, who will be searching for food.
May God use your film as a burning iron to provoke me, and all of us, to action. Thank God for your film.
These women, some wearing the veil and some not...I do not understand...If they all wore them, that would be different. This keeps the elements away and is also their custom to wear this in public...What's wrong with that??Should everyone be Americanized?? I wear a scarf in public and I do not mind. They look pretty neat in them too!!
My husband recently returned from serving with the US Army in Afghanistan. My children and I along with others in our community sent over 2000 pounds of humanitarian aid in the form of clothes, school supplies and hygiene products. We know this small effort did very little to scratch the surface of what needs to happen there. I do wish more was shown on how the soldiers and their families independent of our government has tried to help the Afghan people. In the year they my husband's unit was there, they were able to give out several tons of aid sent to them by their families. Families helping families. We are now supporting the unit that took our place. We will not forget Afghanistan for it is a part of our families memories now. My husband shows pictures he took there and we speak regularly to different groups here. We do this to shed light as you have on the real Afghanistan and how the people feel about the Taliban. Thank you for doing this film. Your work speaks truth. The truth is what sets us free.
Sister Pinky Spencer
I was happy to see those young women step out of their country to reveal to the women of America how blessed we really are, because everyday the Afghanistan women go through much more problems than I could ever imagine. My prayers will always be for all women in foreign countries around the world now that I have seen the oppressions of the women living outside of America, I trust that my true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will bring deliverance to all countries going through many other types of oppressions, especially where women and children are involved.
I just watched the program, my heart bleeds for these women. I tried to put myself in their place and I felt terrible. My husband is Iranian and he treats me likw a queen, so I cannot imagine the men and why they act this way. I want to help them, but I do not know how to go about it.
Please let me know and my hats off to the ladies who traveled around and filmed this atrosity. I will pray for them everyday and I hope that they know that women in America feel for their plight.
Bob and Shirley Griffin
We have been involved sending large shipments of shoes, clothing and school supplies to Afghanistan for several years and this documentary helped reinforce how profound the need is for help of all kinds. Most of what we send has been distributed to areas in and around Kabul. We would now like to insure that some of the materials we send gets to women and children in the more remote areas of Afghanistan. Any suggestions on how that can be done?
Kansas City, MO
I saw the program. These women need to get out of those "chadri" tents many feel obligated to wear. If Muslim men still fear that exposing women's faces, feet, and hands outdoors makes them look and act like prostitutes or invite rape, Afghanistan will not progress. These senile mullahs and imams need to get out more into the outside world. Stop encouraging primitive thinking. The film's producer was brave enough to show this isolated way of living and thinking. No place to hide now. The mountain terrain of Afghanistan encourages stunted thinking as well as low standard of living. No one can move around without getting attacked in mountain and hill areas. The only redeeming insight was the shepherd woman with the AK rifle to fend off wolves and bandits. Most Afghan women don't seem to be in such a good position to defend their rights. This is something Afghans must decide on if they want to live better. Gun rights for women in Afghanistan as well as men. The society hides behind Islam to continue abuses that hold the country at a low level of existence. The Taliban may be dispersed, but the primitive thinking that gave rise to them is still very much in evidence. Few women want to risk punishment mastectomy without a real chance to effectively fight back against treacherous enemies, usually men. Sadly, it still points to living by the gun. Afghanistan is still too messed up to try to live without guns for women.
I watched Afghanistan Unveiled this evening and feel a tremendous saddness for the plight of all women in Afghanistan. I believe there is hope for a brighter future for them but feel is will be slow in coming.
I was particularily moved by the Herat women and children who were living in caves without any source of fuel, nor livestock nor food. It astounds me that such evil can be perpetrated in the name of religion against innocent women and children. How can they in good conscious leave them destitute as though they don't matter.
I would like to do something to help that women, above all the others shown, her story and her strength really moved me. I am hopeful for a better future for her and all the women and children under her care, meager as it is now I am sure if people get involved that situation can be remedied. I would like for her and the women and children to know that they DO MATTER and that people do care about what happens to them!
What can be done to help her? Is there no parcel of land that she and the women and children can occupy without bloodshed? I would be most interested to here what solutions she has to her own dilemma, and am moved to help her.
I think the girls should have mentioned the religous differences between the tribes they filmed and the Taliban and that would have explained to the viewers the reasion why so many people have been killed. The Hazaras follow Shi'ism and the Taliban and the majority of the other Afghani Tribes are Sunni followers. There has always been conflict between Sunnis and Shi'as. It just goes unnoticed until its deemed newsworthy.
Also The issue of the covering was correctly stated by the man in the movie. The girl reporter will not admit that this is a part of Islam. It's not a form of opression either. Afghanistan pre Taliban and after has always had womens rights issues and the covering was enforced to protect these women.
Also the forced marriage is another part of Afghan culture not religion. In Islam there is no forced marriage.Taliban or not this is something a lot of Afghani women endure.
Austin, Texas, USA
This was a wonderful film! What courage these young women journalists have. Documentaries beget awareness; they are seeds of change, and I hope this one is a big seed. I hope, too, for a brighter future for Afghan women, but feel that will not happen until all in the country are better educated. When I lived there 40 years ago, illiteracy was rated at 95%. Without education, I think there will not be change for the better. This film can be a powerful tool in building awareness and understanding. I would love to know if it is shown in Afghanistan and how it is received.
Well, the film was heartbreaking. I didnt know those parts of the world were so affected by Taliban. I almost cried on hearing the cruel stuff that they did to human beings. There is not really a bright future for Afghan women because the men seem so determined about living by Muslim laws and their minds seem unchangeable. I suggest that women carefully try to uplift themselves but it will be hard based on what i saw tonight. I really dont know what to suggest but giving up hope is not a solution. Making such films is good as it will help educate people in diff areas of the world to see what is going on and hopefully something can be done by the U.N.or anyone association willing to help. I wish for better days for those afflicted and that as women, you all can achieve freedom one day. Just persevere.........
I just watched the program and am very moved by the all the issues the Afghan women are facing. I applaud the Women journalists for their courage to show us the true picture. Certainly I'd like to get involved in doing whatever I can for the Afghan women. Hope there is a better tomorrow.
Jefferson City, Missouri
This documentary was indeed very moving. The worst thing about this show is that it "appears" to be preaching to the choir. I am sure most ALL 1st & even 2nd world nations understand the importance of women in society, at work and in every aspect of life (including religion). My biggest gripe about the Islamic world is the denial of women's rights, which in turn causes many more problems than opressed women, what about the children they raise?
I think a documentary of this magnitude should be shown to all the men in Afghanistan in a "town-hall" setting. I would even send money to help buy the generator to power the TV.
I watched this program, now I feel helpless to change anything. I wanted an address of an organization to send money to help, but found none.
Find out about the training program and the organizations working with the Afghan journalists on this website. Links to websites for AINA, the Asia Foundation and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council are at the bottom of this page >>
I teach Multiculturalism, a class I created, at a small Catholic High School. It is commendable women such as these young ladies that help us change the world one view lense at a time. Until we can bring other people's stories into our own homes, into our classrooms, into our social circles, our worlds will always be separate. Films such as these help bring the reality of life to my students. Quite often, we, here in the comfortable USA, forget that others don't live as we do. We don't understand true suffering or oppression. We all need to pay attention. Thank you for allowing us to do so. The film was beautifully made and made me ache to travel again. You have managed to help bring new worlds to the minds of your audience. Now, we must have the responsibilty to share your stories so your courage will not be in vain. Thank you.
It was nice to see that in spite of all the hardships that the Afghan people have gone through and still go through today, they still have a strong sense of pride to show the world who they really are. This was an excellent program. I wish the producers had provided information on how to contact different people in the program, including the doctor who ran a clinic for women in the rural areas.
What a gift to the people of Afghanistan, and to the rest of us. Watching the young filmmakers discover their country, being mindful of their privilege and developing their voice was truly beautiful. I was touched by their tears, their competence, and their moments of joy.
I am just wondering when we will get to see the second documentary created by these women? Considering that we have so much access to the media in North America I am not surprised that these women were really ignorant about the conditions in the rest of Afghanistan outside Kabul. I really hope they can continue to widen their horizons.
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
There is so much ignorance in the world today about how women are treated in Afganistan. filming women in this country will promote awareness and open our eyes and hearts to these womens' plight.
I believe ther is a brighter future for these women because of courageous women like these joiurnalists the women of Afganistan will be liberated!
It is important for these women to finally have a voice without the fear of punishment. It will also give them hope in knowing the world will see the mistreatment and facilitate change for them.
Documentaries give you more than the facts. We know these women now. Their story is seared in the conscience like no news report ever does. Please don't let the cameras stop telling it. Shout it from the roof tops. Only then possibly their suffering will end.
Interesting, French educated women created this film. I am sure I can guess how the Americans will be portrayed.
My daughters and I watched Afghanistan Unveiled together. We cried and vowed to help. We felt that we could ensure that the freedoms that our soldiers were establishing could be sped up by our efforts. So what we need to know is what kind of looms do the women living in the caves need and do they also need livestock to supply the wool for the looms.
Stoddard New Hampshire
I like what they say about their country. The ladies should have the rights like us in USA. I feel bad about the husbands that died in the war or accident bombing. I hope the ladies have the rights like their men. They have brighter future.