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Week of 3.2.07

Enemies of Happiness

Can an Afghan woman, armed with only a strong voice and a fierce loyalty to her homeland, overcome entrenched views and death threats to help bring democracy to Afghanistan?

This week David Brancaccio talks with Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad about her documentary "Enemies of Happiness." The film follows the outspoken and successful campaign of Malalai Joya, a 28 year-old Afghan woman running in the country's first democratic parliamentary elections in 35 years. The elections represented a special milestone for Afghan women, who had endured second-class citizenry their entire lives.

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During the campaign, Joya's life was threatened multiple times because of her vocal and fearless opposition to the presence of warlords in the nation's government. But Joya's dedication also inspired many Afghanis to join her in the cause of real reform. "Enemies of Happiness" won the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentaries at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

dedication also inspired many Afghanis to join her in the cause of real reform. "Enemies of Happiness" won the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentaries at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

About Eva Mulvad

Eva Mulvad is a Danish filmmaker and author. She traveled to Afghanistan to follow the campaign of Malalai Joya in her documentary "Enemies of Happiness." Mulvad has also directed a number of other documentaries including "The Camp" and "The Last Dance." In addition to being honored at Sundance, she is the winner of the 2006 WIFT (Women in Film and TV) award for young film talents and is a graduate of the National Danish Film School.

Related Links:

» Enemies of Happiness

» Women Make Movies: Enemies of Happiness

» Defense Committee for Malalai Joya

» Council on Foreign Relations: Taliban Plans Own 'Surge'

» Human Rights Watch: Enemies of Happiness