Congressional Briefing presented by CSFilm, AFSC, 3P Human Security and CIVIC, 2/29

February 24, 2012

[Editor Note 7/21: CSFilm has removed the last names of Afghans or images of those still in the country due to the deteriorating security situation.]

Join Rep. James McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi for

Afghan Civil Society Perspectives

* Afghan-made Documentary Short films *

* Live Video Conference with Afghans *

* Expert Testimony and Roundtable Discussion *

* Catered Event * 

Wednesday February 29, 2012 Ÿ 2pm – 4 pm
B-338 Rayburn – House Office Building

Please join us at 2pm next Wednesday for an open Congressional Briefing about Afghan Civil Society perspectives on future stability and humanitarian concerns in Afghanistan.  The event will feature a live video conference with Afghan NGO directors and filmmakers, a screening of a selection of the Afghan–made documentary shorts The Fruit of Our Labor, and a roundtable discussion with Community Supported Film, 3P Human Security, and the American Friends Service Committee.  The briefing coincides with the DC opening of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors Afghan mural exhibit organized with religious members from the Faith Roundtable on Afghanistan.

The Fruit of Our Labor films allow viewers to witness reality through Afghan eyes, offering a deeper understanding of Afghanistan that is crucial for mapping a peaceful and stable path forward and avoiding another humanitarian crisis as US and NATO troops withdraw.  The films are a collection of documentary shorts made by Afghans in a training provided by Community Supported Film in Kabul.  The films convey the realities and challenges of daily life in Afghanistan and also highlight Afghan-led development initiatives.  The Fruit of Our Labor identifies critical areas that need sustained technical and financial support from US and international organizations – such as maternal healthcare, and access to clean water, education, and employment.

Presenter Lisa Schirch will discuss her study “Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan,” which provides evidence of the importance of including Afghan Civil Society in building a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

Zarah, filmmaker and Founder and Director of Open Society Organization in Afghanistan; Jamal, filmmaker and Program Coordinator of Community Supported Film, Afghanistan; Michael Sheridan, Director and Founder of Community Supported Film; Peter Lems, Program Director for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran at AFSC; Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security

• 2-2:20 pm – Introduction and screening of selections from the Afghan-made documentary shorts The Fruit of Our Labor

2:20 -3:20 pm – Live Video Conversation and Q&A with Afghan and US participants:

• 3:20-4:00 pm – Screening of additional selections from The Fruit of Our Labor

For more information please contact Community Supported Film at info[at]csfilm[dot]org with any questions.

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