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"Heal:" A Film Screening, Art Viewing, and Conversation with Fereshta Kazemi

Date & Time

Sep. 20, 2023
4:00pm – 6:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center


The Wilson Center's South Asia Institute was pleased to host a screening of Heal, an award-winning short film about community, conflict, and education. The screening of this film, which is directed by Mian Adnan Ahmad, was meant to raise awareness about education and its challenges in Afghanistan.

After the screening, South Asia Institute Director Michael Kugelman was in conversation with Fereshta Kazemi, an Afghan actress who appears in the film. They discussed the significance of Heal, how it relates to contemporary Afghanistan under Taliban rule, and what lessons it may offer for policymakers in Washington and beyond. The conversation was preceded by a screening of All the Fatimas, a conceptual art film of several minutes, created by Kazemi, on girls in Afghanistan. It was used to help spark discussion on the loss of education for Afghan girls and women.

A reception followed, during which attendees viewed a range of Afghan visual art that focuses on Afghan institutions, femininity, and war. 

Please note this is an in-person only event. It will not be livestreamed.

This event is part of the Wilson Center's Hindsight Up Front Afghanistan initiative.


A photo of Fereshta Kazemi standing in front of a brick background

Fereshta Kazemi

Actress and Artist

Hosted By

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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