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A woman in war-torn Afghanistan delivers an engrossing, emotional monologue to her comatose husband, in novelist and filmmaker Atiq Rahimi's poetic and politically charged allegory based on his award-winning novel.
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2012
What does it mean to be a woman in a world ruled by religion and violence? A poetic and politically charged allegory, The Patience Stone focuses on the plight of women ruled by archaic laws and traditions. In a war-torn neighbourhood in Afghanistan, a woman cares for her husband, who has been in a coma for over two weeks. Sitting in silence hour after hour, the woman takes the advice of her aunt and begins a one-sided conversation with her comatose husband. For the first time in her life, she feels he is listening to her. Slowly but surely, her reflections become confessions, and we learn to what lengths a woman will go to avoid abandonment and rejection. Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his 2008 novel of the same name, The Patience Stone reveals the secret inner life of a woman in a world circumscribed by patriarchy.
In the decade since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, women in Afghanistan have made significant gains: their access to education has improved, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth has fallen, and women in many parts of the country are able to participate in public life. However, Human Rights Watch continues to document widespread human rights violations against women in Afghanistan, including high levels of domestic and sexual violence, child and forced marriage, arrest and prosecution when they try to escape abusive and violent husbands and families, and little or no government action to end these abuses.
For more information, visit hrw.org/asia/afghanistan