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Half Value Life

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Half Value Life
Directed byAlka Sadat
Produced byRoya Sadat
Written byAlka Sadat
CinematographyAlka Sadat
Edited byMujtaba Seyar Ghayoor
Roya Film House

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Half Value Life is a 2009 documentary film directed by Alka Sadat Public Liberties & Human Rights Award at Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival. First award from (Women's Voices Now' Film Festival) in Los Angeles. Best director form international Kabul film festival. Best film form Bilder vom film festival Afghanistan-film festival Koln. Egypt film festival. Human right film festival in Kabul. International young Talent Competition-generation DOK.


A Girl listening to the radio from home, a Woman Walking at Her Workplace. The camera follows their steps in parallel, focuses on the mirror they look at, putting lipstick on. Inside the Court mistreated Women telling their stories. On television, the report of a terrorist attack, outside, in the city. Mrya Basher is the first woman in Afghanistan to have become a senior provincial investigator officer, a high-responsibility position woman are often considered incapable to carry. By actively supporting mistreated young women she puts her life in serious danger.


  • Maria Bashir

Maria Bashir was a prosecutor based in Afghanistan, who is the only woman to ever hold such a position in the country as of 2009.[1] With more than fifteen years of experience with Afghan civil service - the Taliban, corrupt policemen, death threats, failed assassination attempts - she has seen them all. She was banned from working during the Taliban period, when she spent her time schooling girls illegally at her residence, when it was illegal for women to be seen unescorted by men on the streets. In the post-Taliban era, she was called back into service, and was made the Chief Prosecutor General of Herat Province in 2006.[1] With her main focus on eradicating corruption and oppression of women, she has handled around 87 cases in 2010 alone.[2]

Recognising her work, the United States Department of State, presented her The International Women of Courage Award which is awarded annually to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, resourcefulness and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially for better promotion of women's rights, often at risk to their own lives.[3] Bashir also featured in the 2011 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world composed by Time.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Corbin, Jane (Aug 16, 2009). "What are we fighting for". BBC.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baker, Aryn (Apr 21, 2011). "The 2011 Time 100 : Maria Bashir, Law enforcer". Time.
  3. Office of the Spokesperson (Mar 4, 2011). "International Women of Courage Award recipients - 2011". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 2011-06-30. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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