Afghanistan have been the subject of heated discussion by journalists and pundits. Yet, the people who actually live there and survive the aftermath of American policies are rarely heard from. Wounds of Waziristan, a short documentary by filmmaker Madiha Tahir, tells the haunting stories of those directly impacted by US drone attacks in Pakistan. Wounds gets beyond the legal debate to focus on drone survivors, ordinary people who persist in extraordinary conditions. In their own words, the drone affectees narrate what it is to live with loss and among the rubble left in the wake of a drone attack. Wounds injects the voices of those who have been labeled as "militants" or dismissed as "collateral damage" into the public debate on the US 'war on terror.'
Madiha Tahir is an independent journalist and a doctoral candidate at Columbia University working on liberalism, media narratives and war in the context of US drone attacks on Pakistan. Her journalistic work has appeared in several media outlets including PRI/BBC’s “The World”, Foreign Affairs, VICE, Democracy Now!, The New Inquiry, Guernica, The Wall Street Journal, Caravan, The National(UAE), Global Post, Left Turn, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. She has also co-edited a volume of essays Dispatches from Pakistan with Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Bux Memon and is one of the founding editors for Tanqeed.org.
Postcards from Tora BoraFilm Screening and Discussion with Wazhmah Osman
Postcards is a personal documentary that shows the impact of three decades of war in Afghanistan from the point of view of people who have lived through it. In an attempt to understand her own family’s experiences of the Cold War, filmmaker Wazhmah Osman weaves in the stories of other Afghans, including women and children, who are coping with the daily effects of the subsequent Civil War and present day War on Terror. Using multi-media elements of super 8 home films, archival newsreel, and tourism ads, Postcards shows the devastation of war as well as makes larger socio-political and historical connections between the past and the present. For more information please check out http://www.postcardsfromtorabora.com/index.html.
Wazhmah Osman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. She received her PhD and masters from New York University in the departments of Media, Culture, and Communication and Near Eastern Studies respectively. Her research focuses on global and transnational media, media development in conflict and post-conflict areas, democracy, and public sphere formation through the lenses of gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, and class. In her multi-year and multi-regional ethnographic dissertation, “Thinking Outside the Box: Television and the Afghan Culture Wars”, she analyzes the impact of international funding of media in Afghanistan, its rapid proliferation, and the subsequent eruption of cultural contestations. Her work also investigates the politics of representation and visual culture of "The War On Terror" and "Afghan Women" and how they reverberate globally and locally in her native Afghanistan. Her critically acclaimed documentary, Postcards from Tora Bora, has screened in film festivals nationally and internationally.