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And Still I Sing

Directed by Fazila Amiri
2022
Canada
89 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Three courageous performers fight for women’s rights against the backdrop of 'Afghan Star' - Afghanistan’s mega-successful version of 'American Idol'. Selected Hot Docs 2022.
Kabul 2019. Singers Sadiqa Madadgar (22) and Zahra Elham (18), both former refugees, are rehearsing their numbers for the hit TV show 'Afghan Star'. Despite the disapproval of their families and communities, they are determined to compete. The sole female on the jury, Aryana Sayeed, paved the way for contemporary female singers in her homeland and became a controversial celebrity. But by the time Zahra, Aryana’s protegee, emerges as the show’s favourite, American troops are withdrawing, and the Taliban are poised to takeover. As the threat to their way of life accelerates, escape seems to be the only option if the three women want to keep their dreams alive.
It is appalling to see the cycle of oppression and misogyny of Taliban rule repeating itself after 20 years. Through this film, I intend to show the emotional gravity of what it means to have gained so much, only to lose it almost overnight.
director Fazila Amiri

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Mon 13 Jun
2:30pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
7:45pm
Casula Powerhouse
Past Event Cancel
Sun 19 Jun
3:30pm
Palace Norton Street
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Canada
Language
In Dari with English subtitles
Director
Fazila Amiri
Producer
Lesley Johnson, Fazila Amiri
Cinematographer
Duraid Munajim
Editor
Mahi Rahgozar
Premiere
World Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Documentary, World Premieres, Music, Middle East, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Production Company: Songs She Sings In Shadows Inc.
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