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Enemies of Happiness (2006)

Vores lykkes fjender (original title)
The first Afghan woman ever to enter parliament, Malalai Joya is followed during her campaign to introduce democracy to a country long ruled by warlords and Taliban.


Eva Mulvad


Malalai Joya
2 wins. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Malalai Joya Malalai Joya ... Herself


In 2005 Afghanistan had their first democratic election after the war. We follow political active Malalai Joya in her trial campaign to get elected. Due to her pointing out several Taliban warlords wanting them prosecuted for their crimes against the Afghan people, she has since been exposed to several death threats over the last few years, and has been under constant protection. But in her home county she is regarded as a national hero and has great support for her political endeavor. Written by Kynde

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Denmark | Norway | Finland


English | Dari

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehthroi tis eftyhias See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Incredible Documentary!
26 February 2007 | by mitchp25See all my reviews

I had the lucky experience of meeting the director of this film at this year's Sundance film festival. What is truly extraordinary about this film is how incredible the cinematography is despite the hostile environment of Afghanistan it takes place in. The extremely small, all female crew had little equipment on their backs and still they succeeded in making this film incredibly beautiful in what seems to be one of the worlds worst places to be in right now. The film explores Mamalai Joya, a woman who fights for a change in Afghanistan from the drug and warlords that seemingly rule the streets. Mamalai reaches to the people and helps them through their problems. By the end of the film Mamalai reaches her goal and change finally takes place for her people.

Wow what a feat! You have not lived until you've seen Enemies Of Happiness!

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