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A young Afghan woman becomes one of the country's first female mayors and faces the Taliban's return to power.


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"In Her Hands", directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen and Tamana Ayazi, is a documentary that follows Zarifa Ghafari, the youngest mayor of Afghanistan who, months after being sworn in, sees the capital Kabul fall under the repressive and conservative regime of the Taliban after the withdrawal of American forces. Unfortunately, the documentary is very superficial. It can be moving due to its context - which is usually only implicit - but it is a production created from and for the Western perspective that, without certain nuances and complexities, only works as a basic entry point to know the Afghanistan dominated by the Taliban.



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A documentary that tells the story of Zarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan's first female mayors and the youngest to ever hold the position. Filmed over two turbulent years, the film documents her personal battle for survival as her country unravels amid the rapid withdrawal of Western forces and the Taliban's return to power. Faced with this new reality, Zarifa must make the most difficult decision of her life.

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