Love Crimes of Kabul

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Love Crimes of Kabul
Tanaz Eshaghian, 2011
Afghanistan/US | Dari and Pashto with English subtitles | 71 minutes

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Jailed for running away from home to escape abuse, for allegations of adultery, and other “moral crimes,” the women of Afghanistan’s Badum Bagh prison band together to fight for their freedom.  The film follows three young prisoners as they go to trial, revealing the pressures and paradoxes that women in Afghanistan face today, and the dangerous consequences of refusing to fit into society’s norms. Their defiant actions come to be seen as threats to the very fabric of society, and their acts of self-determination as illegal. Will life outside prison enable these women to experience the freedom they desire? Filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian brings us into the lives of these “outsiders,” and we watch as teenage romantics learn to become steely-eyed negotiators in an effort to secure their future, brokering their freedom with courage, charm, and skill.

This HBO Documentary Film premieres on HBO in Fall 2011.

Presented in partnership with Open Society Institute,  and Tribeca Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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