View from a Grain of Sand examines the changing conditions of women’s lives in Afghanistan after the collapse of the Taliban regime and the proclamation of a \"New Era\" for Afghanistan by U.S., which included promises of peace, democracy, and women\'s liberation. Meena Nanji questions whether Afghan women\'s lives have in fact improved and whether they have achieved real equality under the new government. Filmed over 4 years throughout the refugee camps in north-west Pakistan and in war-torn Kabul, View from a Grain of Sand attempts to contextualize the complex 30 years of history and politics that have profoundly shaped the lives of Afghan women. Alternating between interview segments and copious visual historical documents, Meena Nanji vividly portrays how war, religious fundamentalism, and military powers have interacted in a complicated historical whirlpool to contribute to the distress and rights infringement of Afghan women. Above all, the film demonstrates how the U.S.-led international community has contributed to maintaining the oppression of Afghan women by supporting military cliques in Afghanistan after the \"New Era.\"
Even as it incisively points out how close ties between imperialism and male-centered regional ties are the fundamental basis for regional conflicts, contributing to the decline of feminist practices, it also contains the voices of Afghan women who are struggling to win women’s rights within such a situation. (KWON Eun-sun)
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Meena Nanji has been working in film/video for the last ten years. She is known for her experimental film work, which has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship Award, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Paul Robeson Fund Grant, the Independent Film/Video Production Grant, administered by the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts Western Regional Grant. Her work has won numerous awards and has screened at film/video festivals internationally as well as broadcast on PBS stations throughout the US and on European television.