The Media Line: The Afghan government has appointed the first female director-general for its state-run film production company, Afghan Film Organization (AFO). Sahraa Karimi, 36, is a prominent filmmaker in her own right. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field and has directed more than 30 films. She is the only woman from
Time: Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen. Click here to read more (external link).
June Soh VOA News March 27, 2019 WASHINGTON — An Eastern man and a Western woman make up one of the most unusual musical groups in Washington, D.C. Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway both play tabla, an Eastern percussion instrument, every day in Greenway’s basement outside Washington. They call this colorfully decorated studio, Tablasphere. And
Tolo News: The winner of the 14th season of the country’s top reality show, Afghan Star, was, this time, an Afghan girl, Zahra Elham, who narrowly got more public votes than another finalist Wasim Anwari. Elham, 18, is from Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. Elham’s success in the Afghan Star was met with many encouraging posts by social
Tolo News: Afghan actress Leena Alam won the ‘Best Actress’ Award in Sinema Zetu International Film Festival (SZIFF) 2019 in Tanzania for her role in “A Letter to the President”. She was competing with world’s famous actresses including India’s Deepika Padukone for the same category. Click here to read more (external link).
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan | January 17, 2019: Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s close resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into a social media star after his debut on a national talent show. He says he’d love to meet his lookalike.
BBC News: A new documentary celebrates Ahmad Zahir, the ‘60s and ‘70s icon who mysteriously died in 1979. Arwa Haider talks to the people making the film, including Zahir’s daughter, about how the singer combined popularity with protest. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News | October 13, 2018: Afghan women too many times have been seen by some as victims. Victims of domestic violence, cultural limitations, political restrictions and more. Their voices often go unheard, but not in a play produced in Washington called ‘Women of Troy: Voices From Afghanistan.’ It is a story of Afghan women’s bravery
Ayaz Gul VOA News September 22, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The consequences of Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly war are weighing heaviest on the nation’s civilians, with women bearing the brunt of the violence. The Taliban banned music and girls education, and restricted outdoor activities of women when the group was controlling most of Afghanistan. But violence and social