View From a Grain of Sand Screening

Meena Nanji
View From a Grain of Sand stills.

The trailer for Meena Nanji’s View From a Grain of Sand—premiering Monday, November 13, at 8 p.m. at the REDCAT in Los Angeles—opens with shots of young women walking and smiling on the streets of 1970s Kabul, Afghanistan. With their clothes and hairstyles and upbeat attitude, they could’ve blended in on the streets of any major city in the U.S. of that time.

The next scenes show women on the streets of that same city in 2003, and the picture is starkly different, with all of them wearing head-to-toe blue burqas and some being corporally punished in public. Nanji’s documentary gives a portrait of the last thirty years for Afghan woman, from the rule of King Mohammed Zahir Shah to the current Hamid Karzai government to the activist work of RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan). Shot in Kabul and in refugee camps in Pakistan, the film shares the stories of Shapire, a teacher; Roeena, a physician; and Wajeeha, a social activist.

More information: “Directing Awareness,” October 2004, Nirali
Los Angeles premiere details: REDCAT

November 10, 2006
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