Sahraa Karimi on Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan
07 Mar 2022 - 18:00
Lecture in the context of the VUB gender week.
What role do film and art have in contexts of political and societal change? For this year's Machteld De Metsenaere lecture the Afghan director Sahraa Karimi will talk about 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.
On Tuesday the 8th of March, her movie Hava, Maryam, Ayeshe was shown at Bozar.
18:00 – Welcome by Prof. Gily Coene
18:10 – Lecture by Sahraa Karimi
19:10 – Conversation between Sahraa Karimi and Gie Goris
19:40 – Questions from the audience
MACHTELD DE METSENAERE
The Machteld De Metsenaere Lecture is an annual lecture organized by RHEA (Research Centre on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality), and named after prof. em. Machteld De Metsenaere, for years the driving force behind the first academic centre for women's studies at the VUB, later renamed as RHEA.
VUB's Gender Week is a week full of activities with a focus on gender and intersectionality, organized by RHEA in collaboration with different partners.
Sahraa Karimi is an Afghan film director who has obtained a PhD in cinema and was the first woman to lead the national Afghan Film Organization. She has been a very prominent contributor in putting the Afghan film industry on the map. Her films, the latest being Hava, Maryam, Ayeshe, address the life experiences of women in Afghanistan. In reaction to the recent developments in Afghanistan following the coup of the Taliban, Karimi fights to protect the rights of Afghan filmmakers and other artists from Taliban oppression and violence, specifically from a female perspective. At the Venice film festival of September 2021, Karimi also sound the alarm and called for action within the international film community.
From 1990 until 2020, Gie Goris was active in global journalism. From 2002 until 2020, he was editor-in-chief of MO*, a magazine and website focused on global news.He is known for his expertise in the Kashmir-Pakistan-Afghanistan region and currently works as a freelance journalist. Besides his work as a journalist, he also was chairman of vzw Open Doek (currently MOOOV Film Festival) and chair of the board of Africalia (cultural cooperation with Africa).
Gily Coene is Professor at the Department of Ethics and Philosophy and the Department of Political Science at Brussels University. She is also director of the VUB Research Centre for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality and member of the Research Centre for Ethics and Humanism.
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