Two years ago, the world watched in shock as the Taliban quickly and unexpectedly retook full control of Afghanistan. The country’s rapid fall prompted a hasty and chaotic evacuation and U.S. troop withdrawal following 20 years of war. Since then, the Taliban has reneged on all promises to rule justly and respect human rights, instead imposing increasingly harsh restrictions, especially on Afghan women and girls.
On August 10th, Central Asia Institute and representatives of the Vermont Afghan Alliance will host a discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan. The event will feature producer, journalist, and filmmaker Marcela Gaviria, including excerpts from the new PBS Frontline docuseries, “America and the Taliban.” Also featured will be Sediqa Fahimi, a Fulbright scholar and champion for girls' rights, and Judge Anisa Rasooli, the first woman appointed to Afghanistan’s Supreme Court. Please join us for this intimate conversation focusing on the challenges that Afghan girls and women face, the possibilities that still exist for them, and why Americans must stay engaged.
Visit www.centralasiainstitute.org for more information.
Marcela Gaviria is a journalist and filmmaker who has produced over 40 hours of programming for FRONTLINE (PBS), covering the rise of Al Qaeda, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the culture of risk-taking on Wall Street, America’s heroin epidemic, and the crackdown on undocumented immigrants under the Trump administration. Since 9/11, Gaviria has produced some of FRONTLINE’s seminal films on America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including In Search of Al Qaeda (2002); Truth, War and Consequences (2003), Beyond Baghdad (2004), Private Warriors (2005), Gangs of Iraq (2007), The War Briefing (2008), Obama’s War (2009); and The Spy Who Quit (2009). Truth, War and Consequences won a duPont Columbia Silver Baton and Obama’s War won the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award. Gaviria has earned every award in broadcast journalism multiple times, including seven Emmys, three Peabodys, two duPont Columbia Gold Batons and one Silver Baton, four Writers Guild Awards, three Overseas Press Club Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the prestigious George Polk Award for investigative journalism.