Machteld De Metsenaere Lecture : Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan: Reflections from director Sahraa Karimi


(Past event)

March 7, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ONLINE


“What role do film and art have in contexts of political and societal change? On Monday the 7th of March, Afghan director Sahraa Karimi will discuss this question during the Machteld De Metsenaere lecture. Sahraa Karimi has spent decades documenting the plight of Afghan women and turned the camera on herself when the Taliban returned and took over Kabul on August 15, 2021. In this lecture, she will discuss the experiences of artists in Afghanistan and the protection of their artistic freedom, incorporating her own life experiences, as she herself fled Afghanistan. Afterwards, Sahraa Karimi will be in conversation with Gie Goris and answer questions by the audience.

The Machteld De Metsenaere lecture is an annual lecture organised by RHEA in honour of prof. em. Machteld De Metsenaere. For years, Machteld De Metsenaere was a driving force behind the first Centre for Women’s Studies (Centrum voor Vrouwenstudies) at the VUB, and later at RHEA. The Machteld De Metsenaere lecture takes place during the annual Genderweek.”


On Tuesday the 8th of March, her movie Hava, Maryam, Ayeshe will be shown at Bozar.


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