Enemies of Happiness - film screening

23 April 2018

Barbican Theatre

Eva Mulvad follows Malalai Joya, a young outspoken Afghan woman, during the last weeks of her political campaign as she risks her life to speak out for democracy.

In December 2003, Malalai Joya, then only twenty-five years old, floored the Loya Jirga (a traditional assembly) with a three-minute incendiary speech denouncing the presence of 'criminals' at the assembly, and the power of these warlords in Afghan society.

Two years later, during Afghanistan's first democratic elections in over 30 years, Joya launches a remarkable campaign, conducted for the most part in hiding, dodging the daily death threats she receives. Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad joins Joya in the last weeks of this seemingly impossible campaign.

Awarded the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, this revelatory portrait celebrates an extraordinary freedom fighter who won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan.

The event will host Heather Barr, Senior Researcher on Women's Rights for Human Rights Watch, to join for a ScreenTalk.

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