Kabul, Kabul recounts, in a fragmented narrative, the director’s journey back to Afghanistan after a twenty-three-year absence. In 1979, after the Soviet invasion, she left Afghanistan under the Taliban for USA, along with her father, who is a doctor. She returns to Afghanistan in 1999 and makes a video. It is a documentary road movie which includes a journey from a border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan to Jalalabad and Kabul. The camera wanders and explores the roads of Afghanistan including bleak desert, weaponry, buildings in ruins, refugee camps, rough mountains and street stalls. She weaves in interviews with Afghan women who have lost their families and strive to survive in the war. Intertwining the voice of her mother, who can not go back to her home town, with the voices of Afghan women suffering from the war, she mourns for Kabul, the city of grief and death. (Kim Sun-ah)
Sedika MojadidiSedika Mojadidi
Sedika Mojadidi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965 and moved to Florida in 1967 with her parents. She completed her MA in Film Theory and History at the University of Florida and made three video pieces: America/world, Sugar, Love Spoilers. In 2000, she completed her MFA in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working as a freelance assistant producer as well as writing a new script for a short narrative film, tentatively entitled, Motel Room.