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Herat Hosting First Women's Film Festival

A visitor attends an exhibition in Herat to mark International Women's Day.
The western city of Herat is hosting Afghanistan’s first international women’s film festival.

The event is being held from March 7-9 as part of celebrations marking International Women’s Day.

The festival is being organized jointly by the Arman Shahr Foundation and the Roya Film House, in cooperation with 40 other national and international organizations.

Khalida Khursand, a member of the organizing committee, is quoted by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan as saying supporters hope “to encourage women in filmmaking, promote a culture of film watching, and to contribute to the welfare of women in Afghanistan through art.”

The festival will not award any prizes this year.

Organizers said around 100 film submissions were received, around 40 of them produced by Afghans.
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