RAW in WAR will be presenting two films in partnership with Human Rights Watch at this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival - The
Patience Stone and My Afghanistan.
To find out more information and to book tickets, please visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website here.
THE PATIENCE STONE
15 March 2013, 21:00 Curzon Cinema, Soho and 18 March 2013, 21:15 Ritzy Cinema,
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What does it mean to be a woman in a world ruled by religion and violence? A poetic and politically
charged allegory, The Patience Stone focuses on the plight of women ruled by
archaic laws and traditions. In a war-torn neighbourhood in Afghanistan, a
woman cares for her husband, who has been in a coma for over two weeks. Sitting
in silence hour after hour, the woman takes the advice of her aunt and begins a
onesided conversation with her comatose husband. For the first time in her
life, she feels he is listening to her. And she begins to reflect on her life.
Slowly but surely, the reflections become confessions. And we learn to what
lengths a woman will go to avoid abandonment and rejection. Based on his 2008
novel of the same name, Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone reveals the
complicated inner workings of one woman’s mind and her secret life in a world
circumscribed by patriarchy and custom.
Official Selection Toronto
International Film Festival 2012. In
Farsi with English subtitles. To watch the trailer click here.
Presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch and Womenkind Worldwide.
16 March 2013 19.00, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton and 17 March 2013 18:00 Curzon Cinema, Soho
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“The stories told are
the Western soldiers’ stories. Not the stories of the civilians.” —Nagieb Khaja
Nagieb Khaja, a Danish
journalist of Afghan origin, travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand
province in Afghanistan. Because journalists are not able to move safely
outside of the capital, contact with the civilian population in rural areas is
almost impossible. But Khaja has a trick up his sleeve. He gives people living
in outlying communities mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to
film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of
ordinary Afghans. We ride along with Hakl Sahab in his 70-year-old Jeep with no
brakes, get hairstyling tips from Jurna Gulm, seek shelter from fire fights
with Shukrullah, and watch farmer and widower Abdul Mohammed raise his four
children alone. As the project progresses, it becomes clear how challenging it
is to capture the difficult lives of women. Alternating between the
participants’ scenes of daily life and Nagieb’s own experiences, My Afghanistan
depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and
Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence.
Official Selection Amsterdam
International Documentary Film Festival 2012. In Danish and Dari with English subtitles. For more information about the
film click here.
Presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch, Afghanaid and No women, no peace.