Thursday, February 11, 2010

View from a Grain of Sand

Director/producer Meena Nanji was at MIT this week to moderate a showing of her documentary, View from a Grain of Sand. Here's a summary of the movie, which is very moving:

Shot in refugee camps of Pakistan and the war-torn city of Kabul, three remarkable Afghan women lead us through the maze of Afghanistan's complex history, informing this examination of how international interventions, war and the rise of political Islam have stripped Afghan women of their freedom over the last thirty years.

Combining verité footage, interviews and rare archival material, this evocative film is a harrowing, thought-provoking and movingly intimate portrait of a still divided and brutalized nation. Addressing timely issues of women, Islam, and US foreign policy, the film is a compelling and vital addition to the global dialogue of our times.

Here is a link to the trailer. Below is a clip of Meena talking before and after the showing.

If you can't see the video, click here.

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