Afghan Translator Breaking Gender Barriers

Producer/Director/Writer/Editor & CG: Walter Talens
Narrator: Walter Talens
Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan

I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this wonderful story of a local Afghan interpreter making a difference in her community and putting her life on the line on a daily basis.

Producing this feature was so inspiring and eye-opening, not only did I learn a lot about the Afghan culture, women in Afghan culture, and how to be respectful of local customs. I’m probably one of the few western men to actually hear a local Afghan woman speak and tell her story.

I later learned this mini-documentary and personal feature helped bring attention to Maryam’s plight for education in Canada, her adoptive country.