Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Directors Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem offer a compelling portrait of the courageous twenty-seven year old woman who sparked outrage among hard-line Muslim leaders by speaking out against corrupt warlords at the 2003 Grand Council of tribal elders. A tenacious woman who has dedicated her life to traveling into impoverished rural areas and pleading with women to "expose the enemies of peace, women, and democracy," Malalai Joya's outspoken ways have resulted in undying support from her many dedicated constituents, and ominous death threats from those whose power is threatened by her bold stance. September 2005 marked Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in over thirty-five years, and with 248 assembly seats for the taking Joya remained determined to ensure that her voice was heard. From her efforts as a gentle folk mediator and advocate to her fierce determination to enlighten a nation, this poetic portrait of a popular hero from the dusty Farah Province is sure to inspire viewers from all backgrounds.
campaign, crusade, democracy, election, Islam, repression, women's-issues