In Her Hands 2022 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
At 26 Zarifa Ghafari was the youngest female mayor in Afghanistan. “Men had their chance for 50 years,” she says “and what did they achieve? Nothing!” This riveting and extensive documentary follows Zarifa for two years up to and including the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. With snow-capped mountains in the distance, her bodyguard with one hand on a steering wheel and the other on a rifle, the city lights of Kabul at night, and in the shadow of a gigantic ferris wheel, Zarifa is talkative, active, and buoyant even as she faces ceaseless turmoil and threats of harm to herself and her family.
In Her Hands is an emotional roller coaster that delves into seriously disturbing territory at times. Dead and maimed little girls in school are shown, the victims of an intentional Taliban attack, and a woman being forced to her knees in the center of a full stadium and executed for show. “We will witness these horrors again,” says Zarifa. There are moments of happiness as well as horror, including a picture of Zarifa smiling and resting her head on her dad’s shoulder.
One reason that In Her Hands is so fascinating is that it covers real and interesting people who shed light on why Afghanistan is such a disaster. “Politicians begged for money from the world,” said Zarifa “and they put it in their own pockets.” People support the Taliban because of these corrupt and greedy people who, like the Taliban, misled Afghans.
Massoum, Zarifa’s bodyguard, and Musafer, a commander in the Taliban, are featured in the film along with Zarifa. “I will kill people until they believe,” says Musafer. He seems nice.
Zarifa was present at this Toronto International Film Festival screening. She was every bit as captivating and energizing in person as she was in the film. She wrote a new book that will be released soon. “Speak up for the girls of Afghanistan” she urged the audience, “and keep those left behind in your hearts.”