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AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock: Playing With Fire: Women Actors of Afghanistan

Playing With Fire: Women Actors of Afghanistan
Directed by Anneta Papathanassiou
2014 / 58 minutes / Afghanistan
Introduction and post screening discussion TBA.

Banned under Taliban rule (1994–2001), Afghan theater is experiencing a comeback with many women at the forefront. Filmmaker Anneta Papathanassiou exposes pervasive erosions of Afghan women’s rights. Her timely, eye-opening documentary perfectly captures art’s transformative power and the dangers these courageous women face to do the work they love.

AsiaLENS Details

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions. This screening is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Spurlock Museum and is presented as part of "South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Twenty-first Century". Co-sponsored by Indiana University.

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