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Keeping the Music Alive

World Premiere

Keeping the Music Alive

Sarah El Younsi, Mandakini Gahlot

France, Singapore | 2022 | 1 h 17 min
English |
Subtitles: English
Zohra, Afghanistan’s award-winning first all-female orchestra, has captivated audiences around the world with its musical talent. However, the return of the Taliban, with its rigid and damaging views on women and music, now puts the ensemble in grave danger. With the fall of Kabul, members still in the country have gone into hiding, while those who fled are advocating internationally to rescue their fellow musicians. The question remains: despite the challenges, will they be able to keep their music alive?
Director Sarah El Younsi, Mandakini Gahlot, Mandakini Gahlot
Associate Producer Sebastien Daguerressar, Nadira Kasmani

In Partnership with


• Théâtre Outremont
Saturday, march 18, 2023, 03:00 p.m. — 04:45 p.m.


Sarah El Younsi

Sarah El Younsi

After studying cinema and geography at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Sarah El Younsi works as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for French TV channels (M6, France 5). In her work, she is interested in the environment and people. As an assistant director, on the ?lm WOMAN, directed by the acclaimed French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anastasia Mikova, she interviewed hundreds of women around the world. Sarah met with members of the National Music Institute of Afghanistan in Kabul in 2015. She began ?lming the Zohra ensemble in 2017. Telling stories that give a little hope is Sarah’s mantra.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Mandakini Gahlot

Mandakini Gahlot

Available in French only

Mandakini Gahlot est une journaliste d’investigation et une réalisatrice primée, basée à New Delhi. Son travail est apparu sur Al Jazeera, Arte, Canal+, France 24, GlobalPost, USA Today, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, et Deutsche Welle. Elle a réalisé plusieurs films documentaires sur des sujets tels que la montée du nationalisme dans le sous-continent, la course aux armes nucléaires entre l’Inde, le Pakistan et la Chine, la crise environnementale en Inde et les crimes d’honneur dans le sous-continent. Elle a également réalisé un film documentaire intitulé The Buyers Club” sur les restrictions mondiales concernant les médicaments qui sauvent des vies.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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