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Fariba Baqeri
Fariba is an actress and film director, who started her artistic work in Simorgh Theater’s acting and film making courses in 2010. Her first short films, My Mother And I, as well as
What Happened?, won third and first prize at the Street Children Short Film Festival and Raze Noor Festival in 2010 and 2012. Together with the Bond Street Theater in Herat,
she has organized and led workshops and trainings for girls and women who live in hiding,
at safe houses, shelters and prisons. She used theatre as a platform for social change and development, advocating for the education, social and political participation of girls and women. Through her works she has emphasized the importance of women’s participation in society and their voting in Afghan elections.
In 2012 she was partaking in the Black Sea International Theater Festival in Trabzon and WPIC in Stockholm, performing Masks Under the Burka. When returning to Herat, she was attacked in the street by unknown men. Still she continued her work with different film and theater groups including Negar Theater. After the Taliban came to power she at first fled to Tehran. The last two months she has been living in Pakistan. Since the 8th of September Fariba is in Germany. She is the first of five women participating in the play that arrived in Germany.
Production Underground Birds, a co-production of Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen (IT),
KULA Compagnie, Hålogaland Teater Tromsø (NO) and Simorgh Theater, Herat (AF).