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The International Women’s Film Festival (IWFF) which promotes women’s rights and gender equality, is a unique opportunity to strengthen awareness and mobilize Afghan and international public opinion for increased women’s rights. It also provides Afghan women’s cinematographic talents to interact with international counterparts especially for the younger generation of activists from the fragmented region surrounding Afghanistan which has few openings to the outside world. This enables women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and artists to exchange experiences on their social struggles for gender equality and mutual learning. The IWFF is therefore a means to support and encourage activist film and documentary-makers to continue their activities in this domain and challenge traditionalist and non-progressive/conservative/fundamentalist/patriarchic attitudes towards women.

 

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4.1. Panel Discussion At the first day of the festival a panel was formed to talk about the women issues ...
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Best Documentary

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Best Afghan Short Film

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Herat International Women's Film Festival (HIWFF) which is an annual event founded in 2013 and its  the  first international Women's Film festivals in the region that more than 100 national and international Medias reflect it annually to the world with hundreds of national and international guest from around the world.

What has made HIWFF successful over the years is the enthusiastic participation by film makers, critics and other members of the industry from different countries. This year too, the festival looks forward to whole hearted participation by film makers and journalists/film critics from countries across the globe.

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Gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world, HIWFF tackles issues such as gender equality, sexual identity, domestic violence among others through the power of the lens and cinema which is the window to society and particularly women in this case. In 5th edition the Festival so far has registered more than 200 national and international contributions by women and men film directors on women’s issues and out of 200 films, 52 selected films participating in two parts of competition and official screening.

 

The syncretic nature of the festival has been applauded world over and the festival has proudly hosted master films from Lebanon, Iran, France, Norway, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Spanish, Ukraine, Syria, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Germany, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Turkey, Burma, Myanmar, India … more than 20 countries  will be on competition and  shown during the Festival  with the presence of film makers, movie stars, women’s rights activists, national and international jurors and guests. Our International Juries are from ( India, United  States and  Iran ) we will be holding several side events including round table with civil society experts, workshop and master class with international experts, cultural events such as  production of a short film on women’s rights issues. The Women’s film festival will end with an awards ceremony led by the members of the Jury....

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The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet of the 5th Herat International Women's Film Festival 2019 ...
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The 5th Herat- International Women’s Film Festival

The 5th Herat- International Women's Film Festival took place at the Intercontinental ...
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Veteran Afghan filmmaker Eng

Veteran Afghan filmmaker Eng. Latif Ahmadi was honoured for a lifetime achievement ...
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