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Cines de Afganistan: relatos de género y sociedad

In the short history of Afghan cinema, women have been behind the camera for the first time only since 2001. Their cinematographic work is political in that it reflects and criticizes the present situation and is committed to the future status of women in Afghan society. The film programme juxtaposes the theme of “women and Afghanistan”, which has been repeatedly instrumentalized, with local initiatives of female filmmakers, actresses and women’s organizations, whose political work partially goes back to pre-Taliban times and has since then also been pursued in exile. These perspectives are brought together with films from the short history of Afghan cinema, as well as films from Tajikistan and Germany that address questions around representation, Gender and migration.


The film programme was presented between 2010 and 2012 in Spain and Mexico in the following places:

  • 19 Oct. - 21 Oct. 2010 Casa Asia & Goethe-Institut Barcelona
  • 25 Oct. - 27 Oct. 2010 Puertas de Castila, Murcia
  • 21 Nov. -25 Nov. 2010 Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid & Casa Asia Madrid
  • 4, 18, 25 April 2011 Xª Asamblea de Mujeres de Granada /Diputación de Granada, Spain
  • 21, 28 July and 4 August 2011 Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 16, 23, 30 Nov. 2011 AECID Centro de formación, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
  • 30 Nov. and 1, 2 Dec. 2011 Centro Cultural de España, México DF, Mexico
  • 19-20 December 2012, Instituto Promoción Estudios Sociales, Cines Golem Baiona, Pamplona

Compilation by:
Sandra Schäfer

Organized by:
Independent cultural platforms workingimages (Barcelona) & mazefilm (Berlin)

In collaboration with:
Casa Asia & Semana Cine Experimental

Supported by:
Goethe Institut Barcelona & Madrid

Translations & Subtitles of Films:
Casa Asia & Cineasia

Thanks to:
Mònica Bernabé & Sagar Malé

The film programme Cines de l’Afganistan: relatos de género y sociedad continues the work on the festivals SPLICE IN and SECOND TAKE, which were a collaboration between mazefilm, basafilm, Afghan Films & Armanshahr (Open Asia).

© 2018 mazefilm - Sandra Schäfer