Film Festival Examines Afghan History

Posted: May 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

A series of documentaries and short films chronicling Afghanistan’s past, present, and future will be shown tomorrow from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The Afghan Student Association, in conjunction with the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the American Society of Afghan Professionals (ASAP), is sponsoring the film festival, titled “Legacy of Hope.”

The documentaries, filmed by Americans and Afghan-Americans, will examine the war-torn country and its people—from peaceful days in the 1960s to the current state of the country after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Inshallah: The Diary of an Afghan Woman by Randall Scerbo is a portrait of Suraya Sadeed, an Afghan-American woman who returns to Afghanistan after a 15-year absence to help impoverished people. The film was recently shown on the television channel Oxygen. A short documentary, Fast-Track Kabul, follows 16 year-old Sean Gruel, an American student who is trying to connect international youth to support Afghan kids. Gruel will be at the festival to answer questions.

In addition, the festival will feature a 10-minute trailer for the film FireDancer by Jawed Wassel, the first Afghan movie to be considered for Oscar nomination. Another film, Painted Truck by Judy and Stanley Hallet, takes place in the late 1960s during Afghanistan’s most peaceful and prosperous years.

Other showings include Kabul Kabul by Sedika Mojadidi, Afghanistan: From Ground Zero to Ground Zero by Jon Alpert and Masuda Sultan, and Afghan Stories by Taran Davies and Walied Osman.

Tickets are $10 in advance by reservation or $12 the day of the festival. For more information, or to make reservations, e-mail or call 1-866-442-1932.

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