Anneta Papathanassiou

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Playing With Fire: Women Actors Of Afghanistan


A film by Anneta Papathanassiou, 2014, 58 min, Color

In Afghanistan, women deciding to be actors make a dangerous choice. Banned under Taliban rule (1994-2001), Afghan theater is experiencing a comeback with many women at the forefront. But with powerful forces of Islamic fundamentalism, a resurgent Taliban, and patriarchal traditions in play, actresses often face the harshest criticism and are even sometimes viewed as…

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