"Act of Dishonour" with Nelofer Pazira

Film Screening

To commemorate International Women's Day, IPDGC hosted Nelofer Pazira, director of the film "Act of Dishonour," in a special screening as well as an audience discussion.

Film descriptionIn a land of war, nothing must get in the way of the preservation of honor - even if that means sacrificing a loved one. Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a remote village in northern Afghanistan. Respecting deeply conservative local custom, she and her fiance have little contact, yet cherish a special bond. Her friendship with Afghan-Canadian translator Mejgan, a member of a Canadian film crew, briefly opens a window on a new world for Mena, but her foray beyond the boundaries of convention leads her inexorably down a dangerous road.

In" Act of Dishonour," East and West, love and honor, modernity and tradition collide with tragic consequences. Part lament against injustice, part testament to the spirit of a people who have survived decades of war, this haunting portrait of life in Afghanistan was also directed by Pazira, the star of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's acclaimed "Kandahar" and co-director of the documentary "Return to Kandahar."