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This film is followed by a prerecorded Q&A.


“In the name of God, welcome to Women News Network. We begin with breaking headlines.”


In the wake of recent news stories announcing the targeted assassination of female media workers in Afghanistan, In the Rumbling Belly of Motherland provides a sharp look into Zan TV, Kabul’s female-operated, female-oriented news agency. Filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed, herself a trained journalist with credits from Langara College and Simon Fraser University, returns to Afghanistan to document this simultaneously harrowing and inspiring work environment. The film’s intimate cinematography deftly yet quietly reveals the daily, sometimes deadly hurdles faced by Afghan reporters and media staff. Following parallel news stories as they unfold—two sets of national elections as well as ongoing US-Taliban peace talks—the film pulls us into the Afghan political climate and highlights the existential current events that threaten both Zan TV as a media outlet and the livelihoods of the women at its heart. -TA


This film will have a special DOXA Drive-In screening at the PNE Amphitheatre on May 15th at 1:00pm. For more information about DOXA Drive-In, click here. To purchase tickets for the Drive-In, click here.


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  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Premiere
    World
  • Director
    Brishkay Ahmed