Pazira Profile

The Miami Herald profiles Afghan-Canadian filmmaker Nelofer Pazira (Kandahar, Return to Kandahar), whose memoir, A Bed of Red Flowers, has just been published.

A Bed of Red Flowers follows Pazira from childhood through her shock and disgust to discover the violently repressive beliefs of the fundamentalist mujahidin to the difficult filming of Kandahar years later. The memoir ends with Pazira’s poignant visit to the new, globalized Russia — ”the land of my enemies” — to talk with officials about the more than 1 million Afghans who died in that war. In her final heartbreaking interview, she shares moments with a Russian mother who lost her only son in Afghanistan.

Read on.