"The Broken Destiny of Poetry" Film Screening


Come join us for a film screening of “The Broken Destiny of Poetry” by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain, a documentary about a young Afghan woman poet’s struggle to survive and write. Focusing on female poetry in Afghanistan, this documentary reveals how the few female poets often have to fight for their right to read and write their poems. The few female poets that do live in Afghanistan live in constant fear. Some of them, like Nadia Anjoman, have sacrificed themselves for their goal of writing. For other brave women like, Karima, a twenty-six year old woman who had graduated from Kabul University where she studied Dari literature faced serious retribution after her publication of a 47 page poem collection in 1990 and faces constant threats in her home province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan.


  • Schedule of events also include: a First Nations welcome by Wanda John-Kehewin and poetry launch of “In the Dog House
  • Navaho flute music by Angelo Moroni
  • World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch
  • Music release by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura
  • Music and poetry readings

This event is organized by the World Poetry Society as part of the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre during the month of April. While admission is free, please reserve space with Ariadne Sawyer by email at: ariadnes@uniserve.com


April 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lillooet Room (Room 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC