After Escape, Afghan Director Mourns Her ‘lost country’

Women hold a flag of Afghanistan during a gathering in a show of solidarity with women from Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 in Paris. The Taliban have promised an inclusive government and a more moderate form of Islamic rule than when they last ruled the country from 1996 to 2001. But many Afghans, especially women, are deeply skeptical and fear a rollback of rights gained over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

(AP) — Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat watched with fascination as Taliban fighters took over her city, and terrified crowds animated the streets. But as an Afghan woman, she knew: It was time to flee. After her family’s harrowing escape from Kabul Airport, Sadat is now warning world governments not to recognize the Taliban government.

She feels Western countries aren’t doing enough to defend democracy and human rights in Afghanistan. She is now in temporary shelter in France and joined a demonstration Sunday demanding more support for fleeing Afghans. Despite her exile, she thinks making films is more important than ever.


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