From Visceral Style to Discourse of Resistance: Reading Alka Sadat’s Afghan Documentaries on Violence Against Women

Misiak, Anna (2018) From Visceral Style to Discourse of Resistance: Reading Alka Sadat’s Afghan Documentaries on Violence Against Women. In: Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity, and Activism. Edinburgh University Press, Edinurgh. ISBN 9781474419475

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Abstract / Summary

This chapter examines documentaries made by Alka Sadat (born 1988), an award-winning director of several shorts and the co-founder of Roya Film House, a production company in the Afghan city of Herat. Having limited visibility in festival circuits in the west, in Afghanistan the self-taught director enjoys a strong reputation of a filmmaker turned women’s rights activist—one who offers a unique documentary perspective from the inside of her country. Numerous of Sadat’s films focus on impoverished women who in oppressive post-Taliban patriarchal settings find themselves in no-way-out situations, paradoxically displaced in their own native culture.
With its particular focus on three titles—1,2,3 (2006), Half Value Life (2009), and 10 Years On (2013)—this paper explores the director’s documentary tactics of granting the voice to the oppressed women. It also shows that Sadat’s films offer multi-layered analyses of reasons behind violence against women in the country along with the lamentable powerlessness of Afghan women’s rights activists. The author of this paper embarks on reading Sadat’s depiction of the current women’s rights crisis in the discursive context of today’s Afghan culture to honour the director’s intentions and to depart from ‘the rhetoric of the empire’ (Graham 2010).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghan film Documentary film Afghanistan Women & Film Women in Film
ISBN: 9781474419475
Subjects: Communication > Media > Digital Media
Film & TV
Film & TV > Film > International Film
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Film
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Depositing User: Anna Misiak
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 09:11
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 17:16


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