Wide Angle: Flying Down To Kabul | 2005

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Danish artist Simone Aaberg Kærn encountered resistance when she flew her canvas-covered propeller airplane to Kabul in search of the Afghan teenage girl whose dream of being a fighter pilot Kærn had read about in the ...more
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Danish artist Simone Aaberg Kærn encountered resistance when she flew her canvas-covered propeller airplane to Kabul in search of the Afghan teenage girl whose dream of being a fighter pilot Kærn had read about in the newspaper. Although women had played an integral role in the physical and intellectual health of Afghanistan, when the Taliban came to power in 1996 women were eliminated from its public sphere entirely. The fall of the Taliban in late 2001 ushered in a new era of reforms aimed at reintegrating Afghanistan's women into the nation's schools, political institutions and workplaces; however, as Kærn discovered, Afghan culture remains deeply rooted in conservative religious traditions.

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