I Don’t Want to Be Equal to a Man

The filmmaker does not consider herself a feminist, saying that women and men have their own distinct God-given talents.

Some Women Like to Wear Burqas

France has no right to ban the burqa, says the filmmaker. "If they want to wear a burqa, if they feel safe and beautiful that way, who is France to tell them what to do?"

Afghan Women Had Rights Before Western Women

The absolute repression that women dealt with under the Taliban was all the more painful because Afghan women had previously enjoyed so much freedom. The filmmaker recalls pictures of her mother wearing mini-skirts and high heels and dancing in nightclubs.

Severed Hands and Kidnappings in Kabul

The filmmaker recalls some of the most terrifying moments during the shooting of her film—including a near-kidnapping and finding a severed hand in the back of a car.