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Afghanistan Unveiled
Afghanistan, 2003, 52 minutes, Color, DVD, French, Subtitled
Order No. W04840
Filmed by the first ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this rare and uncompromising film explores the effects of the Taliban’s repressive rule and recent U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign on Afghani women. None of the fourteen journalist trainees had ever traveled outside Kabul. Except for one, none had been able to study or pursue careers while the Taliban controlled their country.

Leaving Kabul behind for the more rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present heartbreaking footage of Hazara women whose lives have been decimated by recent events. With little food and no water or electricity, these women have been left to live in caves and fend for themselves, abandoned in the wake of the U.S. invasion. While committed to revealing such tragedies to the world, the filmmakers also manage to find moving examples of hope for the future. A poetic journey of self-discovery, AFGHANISTAN UNVEILED is a revelatory and profound reminder of the independent media’s power to bear witness and reveal truth.


  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Tampere International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Festival International de Films De Femmes de Creteil
  • Femme Totale International Film Festival
  • Copenhagen International Documentary Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival

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    “*** Recommended.”
    A. Cantu
    Video Librarian

    “Allows us to witness the beginnings of the re-enfranchisement of Afghani women, and the reinstatement of their voices. It’s a moving insightful and powerful testament to the use of film.”
    Zoë Elton
    Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival

    "A pioneer work…a good learning tool for high school and survey-level undergraduate classes."
    Dr. S. Louisa Wei
    AEMS Film Reviews

    “A team of young, urban, women video-journalists set out to film the plight and dignity of Afghan women. In the process they discover the powerful effect their filming produces in the men and women they interview and, as important, on their own resolve to fight for Afghan women’s rights.”
    Naeem Inyatullah
    Ithaca College

    “A powerful testament to the misery that women continue to endure under ‘liberated’ Afghanistan…extremely educational.”
    NWSA Journal

    “A pioneer[ing] work…a good learning tool for high school and survey-level undergraduate classes.”
    Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)

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    Afghanistan Unveiled is included in the following Special Collections.
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