Breaking the Silence: Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Event: August 11, 2010, San Francisco

with Samar Minallah

Chang Lin Tien Visiting Fellow, The Asia Foundation

Founder, Ethnomedia

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The World Affairs Council Auditorium

312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94108

Cost: Members or Asia Foundation guests free; Non-Members $15, Students $5

Women’s voices in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan are rarely heard. Samar Minallah, one of Pakistan’s few documentary film makers, is changing that–one film at a time. An anthropologist, writer and human rights advocate, Minallah travels throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan, using her camera to give a voice to women isolated from the outside world. The founder of Ethnomedia, a Pakistan-based NGO that raises awareness about human rights violations and people displaced by war, one of Minallah’s documentaries was used as evidence at a hearing in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Now in San Francisco on an Asia Foundation Chang Lin Tien Visiting Fellowship at the Global Fund for Women, she says she works to “change the false image of women portrayed by extremist groups through mass media.” Minallah says she does this work to guarantee things change for future generations. To those that disagree with her provocative work, she says, “they are just a background noise now to me.”

Samar Minallah will share excerpts from her documentaries and discuss using video as an advocacy tool for women’s rights in Pakistan.

Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Northern California

Check-in: 5:30 PM, Program: 6:00 PM

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