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SUNDAY AUGUST 28, 2005, AT 6:30 PM

Afghanistan,The Lost Truth
The only film from the only Iranian woman filmmaker to be shown at Screen Actors Guild,UN Press, Capitol Hill and the World Bank..
A film by Yassamin Maleknasr

In Dari, with English subtitles (47 minutes)

“Afghanistan, The Lost Truth is the only film I’ve seen on the subject which is
able to peer beyond the clichéd images of a war-ravaged land to note evidence of the Afghan people’s indomitability and resilience.”
- Peter Scarlet, Executive Director, Tribeca Film Festival



Shortly after the fall of the Taliban, Iranian filmmaker Yassamin Maleknasr embarked on a remarkable journey across the vast landscape of Afghanistan from Herat to Balkh, the only woman and filmmaker to have traveled such distances since the fall of the regime. Her resulting film, Afghanistan: The Lost Truth, is a fascinating look at the people, culture and landscape of the country—and the optimism that endures despite the countless tragedies the country has suffered.

Maleknasr’s intimate interviews offer a surprising look at Afghan women that goes far beyond Western perceptions of the burka. Conversations with women from all walks of life, including students, artisans, and one of the country’s only female judges, reveal the incredible strength, hope and determination that women bring to the task of rebuilding their war-torn homeland. An emotional meeting with filmmaker Siddiq Barmak, director of the acclaimed Afghan feature Osama, offers powerful insight into the overwhelming challenges faced by artists and filmmakers under the Taliban. Maleknasr’s thoughtful dialogues combine with stunning footage from all regions of the country to paint a vivid portrait of Afghanistan today.

Director’s Statement

“Filming Afghanistan, The Lost Truth was an experience as precious as the famed rubies of Badakhshan region. I entered this exotic, mysterious and historic land shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime. Our intention was to seek love and life – not aversion and death. This hope was my small crew’s guiding light. Despite the turmoil in Afghanistan, there is life and a timeless essence that I hoped to capture in the film.


A film by Yassamin Maleknasr

In Persian, with English subtitles (17 minutes)
Bam, Whisper of the Wind: is the story of a woman archaeologist who survived the earthquake in Bam, Iran, and decides to help rebuild Arg-E-Bam (Bam’s ancient Citadel).

Love and Unity
A film by Yassamin Maleknasr

In English (14 minutes)

Love and Unity is a short film shot in Konya, Turkey which is dedicated to bringing the East and the West closer together through the life and works of Rumi, the 13th century poet and philosopher.

Yasanin Maleknasr with Ecin the ancestor of Rumi.

About the Filmmaker

Born in Tehran, Yassamin Maleknasr is a graduate of filmmaking from University of Southern California (USC) and did post-graduate work in Drama at Towson State University in Maryland. She made her first short film, Jazz Ballet in the U.S, and after several years working at American film companies, she returned to Tehran to perform in Dariush Mehrjui's film Sara (1993) for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Fajr film festival of Tehran. She has also acted in a number of other Iranian features. Maleknasr directed her debut feature film, The Common Plight in 1995, and has made several documentaries including Bababaghi, which documents the lives of lepers and their families living in the outskirts of Tabriz, and Iran through Foreign Eyes, in which foreign-born women express their views on life in Iranian society.

There will be a panel discussion following the last film with Yasamin Maleknasr. Jahan Stanizai, Zaman Stanizai, and Hassan Fayyad.