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Facing the Dragon

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Sedika Mojadidi / Feature Documentary / Afghanistan, United States of America, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: Dari / Interests: Documentary, Politics, Women Issues


In a documentary filmed over four years, filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi intimately follows two unconventional Afghan women, Nilofar, a member of parliament and Shakila, a television journalist. As American forces and aid leave Afghanistan, the country’s fragile democracy and the recent gains for women hang in the balance, forcing Nilofar and Shakila to choose between their children and their country amidst threats to both their lives and families.


Sedika Mojadidi
Sedika Mojadidi, Jenny Raskin
Jenny Raskin
Production Company
Mojo Mama Films LLC

About the Director

Sedika Mojadidi is an independent filmmaker and producer. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and grew up in the United States. She holds an MA in Film Theory from the University of Florida and an MFA in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sedika directed and produced the feature documentary 'Motherland Afghanistan', which follows her father’s struggle to make a difference in the maternal mortality epidemic gripping Afghanistan. It aired nationally on Independent Lens and the Global Voices Documentary Series. The United Nations Population Fund selected 'Motherland Afghanistan' for screenings across the country, and the film has screened at numerous festivals around the world. Mojadidi has also worked as a producer and camerawoman for ABC News, A&E, Discovery, TLC, Guardian Multi-Media and Human Rights Watch.

Awards and Festival History


"Los Angeles FF 2018 (WP)
Zurich IFF 2018
UNAFF 2018 (CA)
Hot Springs Documentary FF 2018
Savannah FF 2018
Braunschweig IFF 2018
Les Femmes des Terres FF 2018
Human Rights Watch FF 2019
One World Int'l Human Rights Documentary FF 2019"


  • Main Contact

    Sedika Mojadidi

    Mojo Mama Films LLC
    +1 646 408 8369

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