Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
Act of Dishonour with Nelofer Pazira
Presented by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
To mark International Women's Day, the IPDGC was proud to host Nelofer Pazira, director of Act of Dishonour in a special screening of the film as well as an audience discussion.
In a land of war, nothing must get in the way of the preservation of honour - even if that means sacrificing a loved one. Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a remote village in northern Afghanistan. Respecting deeply conservative local custom, she and her fiance have little contact, yet cherish a special bond.
Her friendship with Afghan-Canadian translator Mejgan, a member of a Canadian film crew, briefly opens a window on a new world for Mena, but her foray beyond the boundaries of convention leads her inexorably down a dangerous road.
In Act of Dishonour, East and West, love and honour, modernity and tradition collide with tragic consequences. Part lament against injustice, part testament to the spirit of a people who have survived decades of war, this haunting portrait of life in Afghanistan was also directed by Pazira, the star of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's acclaimed Kandahar and co-director of the documentary Return to Kandahar.