A Garden in Shigar

Mahera Omar | Pakistan | 2010 | 18 mins
Five young women from the scenic Shigar Valley in northern Pakistan work with the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) to beautify a school and sow seeds of their own transformation.

Carpet Drugged

Sayad Qasem Hussaini | Afghanistan | 2011 | 17 mins
A documentary exploring the effects of narcotic use among Afghan families, specifically parents who use narcotics to “babysit” their children in order to work long hours making carpets. 

Siah Gerd

Nadia Hossaini | Afghanistan | 2010 | 14 mins
For impoverished women in Afghanistan, opium soothes their pain and sedates their children whose sleep allows mothers to do the work that will keep everyone alive.

Enchained

Syed Mohammed Hassan | Pakistan | 2009 | 5 mins
For the Bheel and Kohli tribes in the Sind province of Pakistan where women toil crushing stones, slavery is alive and well.

Birth of Death

Safoura Ahmadisatari | Iran | 2003 | 11 mins
An innocent baby is born with AIDS into a world that cannot cope with the pain and shame the child symbolizes.

Beyond Belief

Beth Murphy | Afghanistan | 2006 | 18 mins
Susan Retik and Patti Quigley, two American women who lost their husbands on September 11th, overcome their grief by reaching out to war widows in Afghanistan.

Feminin Masculin

Sadaf Foroughi | Iran | 2007 | 9 mins
Farahnaz Shiri is the first female bus driver in Tehran. On her bus, Farahnaz is free to upend gender norms and make women aware of their second-class citizenship, one rider at a time.

Francais Langue Etrangere

Kartik Singh | France | 2009 | 13 mins
In France, where the issue of religious symbols worn in public continues to divide society, a Muslim woman castigates another for wearing the headscarf to a French-language course.

Behind the Wall

Anonymous | Kyrgyzstan | 2009 | 27 mins
Without legal recourse or a way out, Lena murdered her husband with a sledgehammer after years of vicious physical violence against her and her three sons.

Inscriptions on the Rosewater

Salah Elmur | Sudan | 2009 | 16 mins
In north Sudan, Nubian village women celebrate the completion of their private homes with friends and neighbors who help the woman of the house decorate her home with symbols of protection, prosperity, and beauty.

A, B, C…

Mahbooba Ibrahimi | Afghanistan | 2011 | 21 mins
Tamanna, a 15-year-old disabled girl, has a burning desire to learn. Education is not readily available but her mother, with the help of an aid agency, is determined to help Tamanna realize her dream.

Voices of Afghanistan

Heather Metcalfe | Afghanistan | 2009 | 14 mins
Four Afghan women work tirelessly to rebuild their country and, in doing so, seek to tear down the walls to women’s freedom that the Taliban’s rule put in place.

Sahar

Taj Mohammad Bakhtari | Afghanistan | 2008 | 26 mins
War and devastation in Afghanistan rob the country’s future, its children, not only of their childhood but also the opportunity to do more than just survive; like Sahar, a 14-year-old girl who works to support her family while trying to keep up with her schooling. 

My Name is Pat

Patricia Fermazi | United Arab Emirates | 2010 | 11 mins
A young Filipina expatriate struggles to define her identity as an outsider living and working in the United Arab Emirates.

Oppression of Hazara in Afghanistan

Zareen Taj | Afghanistan | 2008 | 12 mins
Prolonging two centuries of persecution, the Taliban ethnically cleansed the Hazara people in Afghanistan because of their ethnicity and religion. The Hazara women share their double struggle, as women, with misogyny and the ethnic conflict.

Alauddin’s Girls

Mahbooba Ibrahimi | Afghanistan | 2009 | 23 mins
Prolonged war and violence have left too many children of Afghanistan orphaned. Sisterhood thrives among the young women and girls of an orphanage in Kabul, a necessity for coping with the ongoing and all-encompassing tragedy that surrounds them.

In Limbo: Kashmir’s Half Widows

Lebul Nisa | India | 2010 | 6 mins
The unknown fate of disappeared men in the decades’ long conflict in Kashmir leaves women as “half widows” – unable to mourn and forbidden to move forward.

Campaign Reservation Express

Vandana K | India | 2010 | 3 mins
In 2010, women demonstrated across India in support of the Women’s Reservation Bill, proposing a 33 percent quota for women in national, state, and local offices. They continue to fight for better representation in one of the world’s largest democracies.

Whose Honour?

Neha Sehgal | India | 2010 | 5 mins
In the North Indian state of Haryana, Khap Panchayats (caste councils) condone honor killings of men and women who break local code forbidding the marriage of two members of the same clan – a practice that violates the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens of India.

Land of Dragons

Salam Babina Devi | India | 2010 | 3 mins
The state of Manipur in the north east of India has witnessed 15 years of armed conflict. Today, the people of the state want the government to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives army personnel special privileges that could easily be misused.

Pakistan Floods: Gulanaz’s Story

Save the Children | Pakistan | 2010 | 3 mins
11 year old Gulnaz shares her story of the destructive Pakistan floods which displaced her and her family.