Afghan culture in Paris
Unesco met this month in Paris to discuss the restoration of
damaged national treasures in Afghanistan. One of the items the
International Co-ordination Committee, which is comprised of forty
experts, discussed was repairing the caves of Bamiyan.
On the evening preceding the three-day conference the Afghan filmmaker
Siddiq Barmak received the ‘Fellini Silver Medal’ from
Koïchiro Matsuura, the head of Unesco. He was awarded the medal
for his film ‘Osama’, a film honouring Afghan women.
This was the first Afghan film to be presented at the Cannes film
festival. Barmak is also the head of the Afghan Children’s
Education Movement (ACEM), an organisation that strongly promotes
literacy, art and culture among Afghan children.