The documentary “25 Percent,” will be presented and then Saqeb will lead a discussion afterwards.
A member of the Afghanistan Cinema Club, Ms. Diana Saqeb is a documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist. Saqeb holds a degree in art and film, has worked as a production manager for 1TV and now heads the monthly art magazine, Theme. At 28 Saqeb led the first public women’s rights protest in Afghanistan since the 1970’s, and in 2009 celebrated when President Karzai promised to amend the Shia Family Law which had legalized Taleban-era abuses of women. Her first documentary, 25 Darsad (25 Percent), shows the daily lives of six female members of the Afghan Parliament. This film has been shown at festivals in Krakow, Guangzhou, and Sweden, as well as in the UK, at the Swedish and Norwegian Parliaments, and at the ISAF Camp in Mazar-e-sharif. The film received an award at the International Film Festival of Cambodia. Sponsored by Ready for the World, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and UT Issues CommitteeFree & open to the public