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.

I was willing to put myself out there. I was with two women who were high profile who were at risk as well. I wasn’t scared in Afghanistan. I wasn’t afraid. I felt this is what I want to do and I’m willing to this and with people that I love. And if something happened, let it be quick. Could I do it again? I don’t know.
— Sedika Mojadidi

About director

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