Video of the Week: Creative Despite War

We just came across this gripping project of a documentary film about four of the most innovative young artists in Afghanistan, who are following their passion and creativity despite the horrors of war and terrorism.

Despite thirty years of conflict, and eleven years of military occupation, despite violence, poverty, fundamentalism and war, there is a blossoming artistic movement in Afghanistan that affirms the resilience of the human spirit. Creative Despite War foregrounds four of the most innovative young Afghan artists in their struggle to create and show their artwork, in a country where personal expression can often be life threatening.The work of these artists is slowly taking over the cities: from paintings on Kabul’s semi destroyed walls to heavy metal underground concerts. The film takes us on a journey into Afghanistan’s emerging contemporary artistic movement and into the intimate world of these artists, showing their role in shaping a revitalised Afghan society, and affirming that the power of creative expression. 

One of the artists being SHAMSIA, the first female street Artist in Afghanistan. Starting out as a painter, she takes part in a graffiti workshop in Kabul and decides to change her approach and create her work on street walls rather than canvases. In her graffiti, Shamsia depicts the struggle of women in Afghanistan, and at the same time their strength, power and beauty. After many years of work, Shamsia is today one of the most recognized artists in the international graffiti scene.

They still need a little funding to finish post production & editing of the final movie, so get involved on


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