Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Partially funded by Channel Four in the UK, Lifting the Veil is a 50-minute documentary directed by Carla Garapedian. The filmmaker traveled to Afghanistan to investigate the public murder of Zarmina, an Islamic mother of seven. Her abusive husband was going to tell the Taliban that she had committed adultery, a crime punishable by death. She killed him in self defense and was sent to prison. Her seven children, all under the age of 15, were persuaded by the Taliban to name their mother as guilty. Garapedian searches out the children, who provide commentary. Lifting the Veil was originally broadcast on British television in 2002.
Afghanistan, atrocity, brutality, execution, honor-killing, husband, mother, sexual-oppression, Taliban, trial [courtroom], undercover, women's-issues