Monirah Hashemi will present her solo performance Sitaraha — The Stars, directed by Lief Persson, At the award ceremony of 3rd Afghan international documentary film festival, Z sallen ABF huset, Stockholm.
In this powerful piece, she enacts the narratives of a series of Afghan women throughout history, including Gul Begum, a woman who has lost her family and was enslaved in 1892, Sara, who has witnessed civil war, and Halima, who has been charged with having an extra-marital relationship and is awaiting death-by-stoning.
Hashemi was born in Iran in 1985. At the age of nineteen she moved to Herat, Afghanistan and started working as a film actress. She and Abdul Hakim Hashemi established the Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art (SFACA) in 2005. She has since acted in numerous short films. She wrote and directed the short films In the Embrace of Wind and Last Laugh. In 2007 she won the best director award at the First Educational Theatre Festival for her work on the play Cry Of History. She staged Babur Shah Garden for the Fourth Afghan National Theatre Festival in Kabul and Cry Of History for the International Theatre Festival Of National School Of Drama (NSD) in India, and co-directed the play Burka Bondage with the Helena Waldmann in Berlin. She also wrote, directed and performed in Masks under Burka, which was presented at the Thirteenth Black Sea International Theater Festival in Trabzon, Turkey and the International Women’s Playwright Conference in Stockholm.