Enemies of Happiness follows Malalai Joya on the campaign trail in the run-up to the first democratic parliamentary election in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
In 2003 Malalai Joya challenged the power of warlords in the country's new government. Two years later, the 28-year-old ran in her country's first democratic parliamentary election in over 30 years.
A survivor of repeated assassination attempts, she campaigned surrounded by armed guards. How do you introduce democracy in a country where a majority of the people are illiterate, votes are for sale, and warlords use threats and bribes to control the ballots, and many women cannot leave their children to vote?
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the films cinematographer Zillah Bowes.
Zillah Bowes worked as a cinematographer before starting a career as a director. Her feature films as cinematographer include Enemies of Happiness, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and She, A Chinese, which won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival. Zillah's first film as a director, Small Protests, was nominated for a Grierson Award, and won the Current Short Cuts competition and Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival.
Presented in partnership with Open City Docs