[GENDERWEEK] Machteld De Metsenaere lecture on Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan: Reflections from director Sahraa Karimi
On Monday the 7th of March, Sahraa Karimi will give a lecture on the experiences of artists in Afghanistan and the protection of their artistic freedom, incorporating her own life experiences, as she herself fled Afghanistan. A discussion afterwards will address the pivotal role that film and art can have within political and societal change.
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 university 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 gender week.
Biography Sahraa Karimi
Sahraa Karimi is an Afghan film director who has obtained a PhD in cinema and was the first woman to lead the national Afgan 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.
This event will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Register for the event below!