Facing the Dragon: A Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi

Thursday, August 8, 2019 // 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Event Description


Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, Facing the Dragon, and meet the filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi at MOCA Jacksonville.

About this Event

Join Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi and UNF Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Constanza López for a screening of the film Facing the Dragon followed by a Q&A.

About the Film

For over four years, Afghan American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi followed two unconventional Afghan women, a member of Parliament and a journalist, as the international community withdrew from Afghanistan, threatening its fragile democracy.

Winner of the 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nestor Almendros award for Courage in Filmmaking.

About the Director

Award winning, independent filmmaker, producer, and writer, Sedika Mojadidi directed her first feature documentary, Motherland Afghanistan for PBS' Independent Lens in 2006. The film follows her father's struggle to make a difference in the maternal mortality epidemic gripping Afghanistan and premiered at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Sedika has produced and filmed television projects for over a decade. Her credits include: ABC News, The Discovery Channel, Guardian MultiMedia, Human Rights Watch, A&E, TLC, New York Times Television and the Food Network. Her writing was featured in the anthology of Afghan American writing, One Story, Thirty Stories, winner of the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Silver Award for Best Anthology. She has traveled and filmed throughout Afghanistan since 2003 and speaks Farsi (Afghan Persian) fluently.

Sedika was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in Florida. She is currently professor of film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design.