Nosh-e Jan (Afghanistan/USA, 2008, 7 min, DVD)
By: Gazelle Samizay
Screens: Sunday, October 19, 4pm
While preparing a traditional Afghan dish, several Afghan women give their family secrets away, sharing tales of love and life. The ritual serves as an outlet of expression without violating the strict code of keeping face. The secrets are shared in three different languages (Pashto, Dari, and English), each of which signifies a different generation in the family. While the women are the main transmitters of the secrets, the impact on men must not be forgotten.
Gazelle Samizay was born in 1981 to a family of teachers and social activists in the midst of the communist invasion in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family was forced to leave the country, eventually landing in the U.S. As a multimedia artist, Samizay's photography and video works have been exhibited in both the U.S. and abroad, including New York, Washington D.C., London, and Bogotá. Currently, Samizay is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson.