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In Her Hands

Directed by Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen

Afghanistan | Documentary | 93

5 Nov
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Directors Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen are expected to attend.


Zarifa Ghafari is one of the few women ever elected to government in Afghanistan. With grit and determination, she strives to shift perspectives in a patriarchal society. Under constant threat of assassination, Zarifa and her family are faced with an impossible decision when American troops withdraw and the country collapses into Taliban rule. Filmed over the course of two years, this mesmerizing profile of the acclaimed human-rights advocate—frequently featured with her loyal bodyguard and an irascible Talib commander—brings into sharp focus the lives thrown into chaos during the events of August 2021. Executive produced by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, In Her Hands is a reminder of the necessity of defiance in the face of adversity.

Director Tamana Ayazi

Tamana Ayazi is a journalist and filmmaker from Afghanistan. She has produced several documentary series and features. In Her Hands is her directorial debut.

Director Marcel Mettelsiefen

Marcel Mettelsiefen was born in Munich and is a director, cameraman, photographer, and producer. His documentary films include the Academy Award–nominated short Watani: My Homeland (2016) and I Want My Country Back (2021). In Her Hands is his latest film.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 93

Country Afghanistan, USA

Director Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen

Executive Producer Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, George Loening, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Siobhan Sinnerton, Johnny Webb, Roma Khanna, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Stephen Ellis, Tamana Ayazi, Rob Shareno, Elaine Frontain Bryant

Producer Juan Camilo Cruz, Jonathan Schaerf

Editor Stephen Ellis, Philipp Gromov, Ines Boffi

Cinematographer Marcel Mettelsiefen

Music Michael Kadelbach

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

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