Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan


4:30 PM to 7:00 PM


Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-3535

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Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan

An On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan opening event

Take a rare and revealing look into the lives of Afghan women in the premiere performance of two one-act plays by Nushin Arbabzadah and Alia Bano, followed by an artist talk by photographer Joël van Houdt.

Arbabzadah and Bano adapted the plays for the stage from stories gathered through Sahar Speaks, a program that provides training and job opportunities for women journalists working on the ground in Afghanistan.

Following the performances, the playwrights will join a discussion with Ohio State Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre Lesley Ferris and other guests. Since 2016, Ferris has commissioned and produced four plays inspired by the Sahar Speaks project as Artistic Director of Palindrome Productions, which she cofounded.

The performance and panel discussion are followed by a free artist talk at 7 PM with Joël van Houdt, a Dutch photojournalist who has documented the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world. All are welcome to attend a reception in Heirloom Cafe between the two programs. Today’s events mark the opening day of Ohio State’s On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan initiative, designed to bring Afghan women’s voices to the fore through storytelling and theater.