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At the height of the international occupation of Afghanistan, two women are imprisoned on charges of “moral crimes” by an Afghan justice system that is supported by billions of dollars of aid money from the European Union.


Shot over ten years, "With This Breath I Fly" follows these two courageous women as they fight for their freedom against a patriarchal Afghan society determined to keep them bound to tribal culture, while exposing the complicity of the European Union in censoring their voices, and how the international press – and our documentary – forever alters the course of their lives.


With This Breath I Fly was produced in cooperation with the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit dedicated to fostering Afghanistan's film industry and nurturing the next generation of Afghan filmmakers.

  • Year
    2021-09-22
  • Runtime
    78 minutes
  • Language
    Persian, English
  • Country
    Afghanistan
  • Director
    Sam French, Clementine Malpas
  • Producer
    Leslie Knott, Sam French
  • Executive Producer
    Martin Desmond Roe, Pinar Toprak, Chris Uettwiller, Jeff Zimbalist
  • Cinematographer
    Clementine Malpas, Leslie Knott
  • Editor
    Sam French, Morgan R. Stiff, Nick Bradford, Jeff Springer
  • Composer
    Pinar Toprak and Emir Işılay