Facing the Dragon
Directed by Sedika Mojadidi
Facing the Dragon is a story that will resonate with anyone who has had to leave the homeland they love in search of a safer future for their children. The film follows the lives of two brave Afghan women striving to maintain the hard-won women's rights gained since the start of the Afghan war, while living under the intense scrutiny of life in a male-dominated culture.
Nilofar, an elected parliamentary politician, and Shakila, a television reporter/journalist for Tolo TV, walk the dangerous line of being an outspoken woman in a world where their adversaries would prefer they remain hidden behind burqa's. In the film, the Taliban are making a comeback and, these women increasingly find they must fear for their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, as they point a laser light on the uneven and unfair practices of a weak government. Each woman must make a difficult personal choice to protect their families.
Their heroic strength, perseverance, and faith get them through the trials and loneliness they experience in their separate journey's for a better life, for their families and their beloved homeland.
Sedika Mojadidi is an independent filmmaker and producer. She directed the feature film, Motherland Afghanistan, (2006, Independent Lens) and has worked as a producer and camera woman for ABC News, A&E, Discovery, TLC, Guardian Multi Media and Human Rights Watch.
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St,
Portland, OR 97202
Sunday, March 31st
$ 9.00 / $ 7.00