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Film Festival on Gender and Politics in Afghanistan,
the Neighbouring Countries and Europe


Shakiba Adil (Kabul/Outokumpu)
The filmmaker was born in Kabul in 1975. She graduated from the Malalai School. After 2001, she hosted a children's programme on Kabul TV and worked as a camerawoman with the media organization AINA. In 2004, she emigrated to Finland, where she completed training in the multicultural programme Basaari of the YLE television station. She is currently studying radio, television and documentary film production at North Carelian College.

Latif Ahmadi (Kabul)
The director born in 1950 in Kabul finished his studies to become a certified engineer in 1975 and founded the film production firm Ariana in the same year. He has since then produced a number of advertising films and worked as a cameraman. In the early 1980s, he worked for Afghan television. In 1982 he produced the feature film Farar ("Escape") and in 1986 Parandaha-ye mohajer ("Birds of Passage"). From 1986 to 1992 he was the director of the state-run film production company Afghan Film, and from 1992 to 1994 the cultural attaché to Tajikistan. He has been living in Afghanistan again since 2002 and was again appointed the director of Afghan Film in 2004.

Deepa Dhanraj (Bangalore)
The filmmaker and feminist activist studied English literature at the University of Madras. In 1980, she founded the Yugantar Film Collective. She has since shot numerous short and documentary films. The documentary Taking Office, produced in 2004, documents and analyzes the consequences of an amendment in equal rights legislation passed in 1994 in India, according to which 33 percent of the seats in village councils must be granted to women.

Mira Habibi (Berlin)
The independent filmmaker and artist was born in Berlin in 1980. She was co-organiser of the exhibition /our style /that took place in Berlin in 2004. She finished her MA on /Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexualities /at the University of East London in 2006. /Such a strange time it is, my dear/ (2007) is her first feature documentary film.

Aiqela Rezaie (Kabul)
The teacher and actress was born in Kabul. She studied geography. Her debut as an actress was the leading role in the feature film Five in the afternoon (2002) by the Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, in which she played a woman dreaming of becoming the future president of Afghanistan. In 2002, she assisted in producing the feature film Osama. From 2003-06, she participated in the production of Passing the Rainbow as co-director and actress.

Roya Sadat (Herat)
The director was born in 1981 and studied politics in Herat. She is the author of two short films and hosted several contributions to the public television programme Woman and Society. Se noqta is the first longer feature film she has directed. She is currently working in Kabul with Tolo TV and on her second feature film.

Maliha Zulfacar (Berlin)
The sociologist, who once worked at the University of Kabul, fled from Afghanistan in 1979. She studied in the United States and did her doctorate in Germany. She then taught at Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and since 2002 again at the University of Kabul. Her thematic focus is on gender, international immigration and global ethnic conflicts. She produced her first film, Guftago: Dialogue with an Afghan Village, in 2001. Starting in 2002, she was the deputy minister for the system of higher education in the Afghan interim government, concerned with the reconstruction of the school system. Since 20007, she is the Afghan ambassador to Germany in Berlin.