March 8 marks International Women’s Day, which acknowledges women’s past, present and future accomplishments throughout the world. To encourage and celebrate women across the globe, the Afghan Women’s Mission in Altadena presents a special screening of Meena Nanji’s “View From a Grain of Sand,” followed by a Q&A discussion with the Los Angeles–based filmmaker, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laemmle’s One Colorado Theater in Pasadena.
“View From a Grain of Sand” explores the loss of Afghan women’s basic human rights, which were stripped from them over the last 25 years, starting with King Mohammed Zahir Shah’s rule and continuing through the current regime of Hamid Karzai. Nanji follows Shapire, Roeena and Wajeeha, three Afghan women she met in a Pakistani refugee camp and documents the trio’s efforts to rebuild their lives, as well as to help, and educate housands of refugees.
Intimate interviews, thorough research and compelling footage of refugee camps throughout northwestern Pakistan and the war-torn city of Kabul convey the hardships Afghan women face. However, Nanji also acknowledges the impact organizations are making, such as Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). This independent political/social organization was founded in the late 1970s by Afghan women fighting for human rights and social justice. All proceeds from the Saturday screening will benefit RAWA.