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Enemies of Happiness

March 23, 2010

‘Enemies of Happiness’ is a film by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem. The film focuses on Malalai Joya, a brave young women who competed in the first parliamentary election in Afghanistan in 35 years. The following review by Caroline Libresco from Sundance Film Festival was published in Women Make Movies:

Amidst vivid, poetic images of Joya’s dusty Farah Province, the film tracks the final weeks of her campaign, when death threats restrict her movements. But the parade of trusting constituents arriving on her doorstep leaves no doubt that Joya is a popular hero. Among her visitors is a 100-year-old woman who treks two hours to offer loyalty and herbal medicine. King Solomon-style, Joya acts as folk mediator and advocate, adjudicating between a wife and her violent, drug-addicted husband and counseling a family forced to marry off their adolescent daughter to a much older man. Protected by armed guards, Joya heads to poor rural areas to address crowds of women, pledging to be their voice and ‘expose the enemies of peace, women, and democracy.’

Watch the trailer of Enemies of Happiness on Youtube

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  1. veiled permalink
    March 28, 2010 8:27 pm

    european trend setters! i wonder where we’ll land with all this baseless theories!

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