On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a television program about 28-year-old Afghani activist Malalai Joya will be shown as part of the PBS series "Wide Angle." A Woman among Warlords is based on Eva Mulvad's award-winning documentary Enemies of Happiness. The film follows Malalai Joya during the final weeks of campaigning for a seat in Afghanistan's newly-formed parliament.
The program shines a spotlight on politics in Afghanistan and focuses on women's rights, democracy and social justice issues. Malalai Joya has been an outspoken champion of these issues. She continues to fight on behalf of her constituents, despite numerous death threats and a recent illegal suspension from the parliament.
Enemies of Happiness won the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize and the Nestor Almendros Prize at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, among other awards. The film is distributed by Women Make Movies, a non-profit media arts organization. Viewers in the United States should check local television listings for broadcast times Tuesday night of A Woman among Warlords. Now to find a showing in France!
A place for writers
Ready to relax on a tropical island? This could be the next best thing: on September 11, a new writers' project kicks off. Check out Writers Island here. If you'd like to participate, on Tuesday, simply add the link to your poem, essay, short story or other contribution posted on your own blog. The first prompt is "My Imaginary Life."