Screening of “Afghanistan, The Lost Truth”
14th & V | Langston | June 24,2012 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free screening  of "Afghanistan, The Lost Truth" followed by a discussion with internationally acclaimed filmmaker Yassamin Maleknasr 

Afghanistan, The Lost Truth  [2003]  

Feature Documentary | 64 Minutes

About the Film

Anxious to learn more about a culture and country whose history and poetry she’d studied as a girl in Iran, Yassamin Maleknasr set out to visit Afghanistan only a few months after the fall of Taliban. Travel was difficult in this war-ravaged land where roads don’t exist, but she managed to journey all around the country, interviewing a wide range of Afghans, from lovestruck young men to the nation’s first female minister. The resulting film simply and movingly conveys a sense of people who, despite all the suffering they’ve undergone, have not forsaken their collective dream for their nation’s future. The director’s decision to avoid the by now clichéd images of men with Kalashnikovs and women in burqas is an effective means of putting the viewer in touch with Afghanistan’s authentic ancient culture — and the human face of its people.

The result is a travelogue full of poetry and music, a film with intimate portraits of Afghans hopeful in the midst of hardship, proud people eager to live productive lives and serve their country. This, says Ms. Maleknasr, is the lost truth of Afghanistan.

About Yassamin Maleknasr

Born in Tehran,  Yassamin Maleknasr is the first Iranian woman filmmaker to graduate from the University of Southern California in Film and Television.

In 1993 she won the Best Supporting Actress Award at Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival for her debut role in Dariush Mehrjui's film, Sara. In 1995 Ms. Maleknasr directed and acted in her first feature film: The Common Plight which has turned into a cult movie amongst Iranians youth. She has also acted in many other Iranian films including My Mother Gisoo,Cinema-Cinema, and Thousands of Women Like Me.

However, it wasn’t until she returned to her first calling that she found her true passion in making documentaries. Within a few years she made documentaries on a wide variety of subjects including a film on the stigma of leprosy Bababaghi (1997) and a journey through out Afghanistan in 2002 that was praised internationally Afghanistan the lost Truth(2003.) Her other films include Iran, Through Foreign Eyes (1997), Bam, Whisper of the Wind (2005), Love and Unity (Rumi) (2006), Only Voice Remains (2007), Legends of Oman (2008).

Her current projects include Women of the Silk Road,which shall be ready by the end of 2012; and Symphony in the Dark about a blind musician in Shiraz who has dedicated his life to teaching music.  

Free and Open to Everyone


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