In April 2017 Andrea visited Afghanistan to shoot a documentary on two girls, Zahara and Fatima, respectively studying law and civil engineering at Gawarshad University in Kabul.
The two girls had been able to go to school thanks to the ‘Arghosha Faraway Schools Committee‘, co-founded by Marco and Maria Rosario Niada, which has so far built eleven schools in the province of Bamyan since 2005, including Zarin and Charde, which the girls attended.
The documentary will attempt to explore a more positive side to this war torn country, focusing on Zahara and Fatima, as well as their families and teachers living in the Afghan countryside, showing their struggle against the discrimination of women mainly through education.
If you have time, please check out the video below I made for the NGO ‘The Arghosha Committee’, which I shot in Afghanistan back in April.
The Committee has been funding the construction of schools in Afghanistan for the past 12 years. They have so far funded 12 schools, attended by more than 5000 students, the majority of them girls and young women.
Aside from funding schools, the NGO also funds teacher training, build wells and libraries for the schools, and provides university scholarships to particularly talented but disadvantaged girls.
In April I went to meet two of the girls now studying at Gawharshad University in Kabul, thanks to scholarships from the Arghosha Committee. We subsequently had the opportunity to meet their families and old teachers in the province of Bamiyan. By talking to them as well as the girls, we tried to understand how in a country in which discrimination against women is rampant and where the Taliban are gradually taking back an increasing amount of control, there are communities that fight for gender equality and the education of women above all else. This is a very different Afghanistan to the one we have become accustomed to seeing in the media and shows that there is still a great deal to hope and fight for.
This video will form part of a longer documentary of mine, ‘An Afghan Education’, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
The great Giacomo Gili helped me edit this and is also editing the documentary!
For more information on these incredible projects, take a look here – http://www.arghosha.org/