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Nelofer Pazira: Change comes from within

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 23 2010   /  10:08 am

JP/Prodita SabariniNelofer Pazira, a filmmaker, actress and journalist who grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, under Soviet rule, never knew if her house would still be standing when she came home from school – or razed by a bomb. In 1989, Pazira and her family fled to Pakistan and a year later to New Brunswick, Canada. In 1996, she returned to Afghanistan, after the Soviets had left and the Taliban was ruling the country, wanting to find her childhood friend. Pazira’s search was cut short as the situation became too dangerous. Despite not meeting her friend, Pazira embarked on a new project after her trip: tell the world at large about the experiences of the Afghan people through films and writing. She starred in the 2001 film Kandahar, which was based on her journey. In 2003, she co-produced and co-directed the award-winning film Return to Kandahar. Her memoir A Bed of Red Flowers: In S...