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After barely escaping the unspeakable horrors of her Taliban-controlled homeland, Meena arrives in the U.S. only to have her freedoms stripped again. Now she must convince her lawyer and herself that she is worth fighting for. Inspired by a true story.
(DVD-1838 Feature) Check the Library Catalog
The Clay Bird.
Set against the backdrop of Pakistan during the turbulent 1960s, a family is ripped apart by religious beliefs and civil war. A young boy from Bangladesh is sent away by his Muslim father to a Madrasah and struggles to adapt to a harsh monastic life. In Bengali with English subtitles. (DVD-3027 Feature) Check the Library Catalog
Daughters of Afghanistan.
When the hated Taliban were ousted, Afghan women felt their daily nightmare was over. They hoped to reclaim the future for their daughters, but generations of neglect and second-class status don't vanish with the current political winds. Journalist Sally Armstrong exposes the ongoing struggles of women in modern Afghanistan by following the lives of five courageous women from diverse backgrounds: Dr. Sima Simar, a woman who ignored death threats and defied edicts of the Taliban by providing healthcare and education to women; Soghra, who lost everything to the Taliban, now struggling to feed and clothe her five children; Hamida, a school principal determined to provide education to her female students; Camellah, an Afghan housewife living in a country whose laws make her a virtual sex slave to her husband; and Lima, a young girl whose childhood has been lost to war. (305.486971 D265 DVD) Check the Library Catalog
Michael Palin takes on the abode of snow and begins a 2000-mile journey across this mighty and majestic region of Asia. Encountering extremes of wealth and poverty, altitude and freezing cold, he once again brings his unique wit, charm and wisdom to each of 6 episodes. Along the way he encounters, among many others, the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese Royal Family and the once feared head hunting tribe of the Konyak. While on his travels he passes through Afghanistan, across India to the feared Death Zone near the base of Mount Everest and then onto the Bhutanese capital before arriving in the Bay of Bengal. (915.496 H57 DVD) Check the Library Catalog
In This World.
Two young Afghan refugees try to make their way to freedom in London. In Persian and Pashtu with English subtitles.
(DVD-838 Feature) Check the Library Catalog
Kandahar: Journey Into the
Heart of Afghanistan.
An epic tale of hope and courage, inspired by the true story of a woman's attempt to enter Afghanistan. Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister. Overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and despairing because of the Taliban's systemic oppression of women, she has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. Clothed in the traditional head-to-toe burka and posing as a subservient wife, Nafas' odyssey takes her across a dramatic desert landscape, where she encounters bandits, corpse-robbers, marooned exiles, overwhelmed Red Cross workers, hordes of land-mine victims, and finally a wedding procession that brings her within eyeshot of Kandahar. In Farsi and English with English subtitles. (DVD-1036 Feature) Check the Library Catalog
A young girl must pretend to be a boy in order to qualify for work in Taliban-run Afghanistan. In Pashtu with English subtitles.
(DVD-857 Feature) Check the Library Catalog
When mountain climbers are trapped by an avalanche on 28,250 foot-high mountain K2 in Pakistan, a rescue team races against time to save them. (DVD-124 Feature) Check the Library Catalog