Synopsis:
Afghanistan: the choice of women is a crossed portrait of two strong personalities of the Afghan landscape, through the eyes and the daily life of two exceptional women: Habiba Sorabi and Aïcha Habibi.
The first one personifies the emerging democratic power; the second one personifies the autocratic power of warlords in remote provinces. Together, they personify the current split in Afghanistan with the particularity that they are not great bearded men wearing turbans, but rather two women in power in a world of men. How did they impose themselves? How do they apply their authority? Is their way of governing different from that of men? How do their people perceive them? Do they act of the liberation of women or do they just continue perpetrating ancient inequalities?
One has the title of “Wali” (governor) and the other of “commander”. One is under the authority in Kabul; the other is faithful to the Mudjahadins who fought against the Russians during the war, then against the Taliban. Yet both are respected as “The Mothers of All”.
Is it in this that lies their difference as women? This is one of the many questions that the film asks, which may well find an answer in the encounter with these two women who rein over two valleys two days by car apart from each other and who ignore that the other exists. 
Director's filmography:
- Afghanistan, le choix des Femmes (2008 - TV)
- Patience, patience, t'iras au paradis! (2015 - Feature)
Type:
TV
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2008
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
52'
Majority:
Yes
Sales:
Les Passeurs de Lumière