Saba Sahar, Actress and Afghanistan's First Female Film Director, Shot as Gunmen Open Fire on Her Car




"I want to show that Afghan women are capable of doing anything men do," she said in an interview with The Guardian in 2012.

"I want to show the conservatives who lock their daughters and wives at home that they should let them out to get an education, earn some money and help rebuild Afghanistan," she said, adding that she has received death threats from anonymous phone callers. "They told me to say goodbye to my loved ones because I'd soon be dead."

After reporting the threats to authorities, Sahar said the calls only continued.

"They called me again and asked why I'd gone to the authorities," she said. "They said that even if the whole government is behind you, we will still kill you. We will murder you on the street, in public."

"Every morning when I leave the house, I know I might get killed, might never see my family again," she told The Guardian at the time.

"Making movies is my love," she continued. "I love my country. I want to show people that there's more to Afghanistan than fighting, drugs and terrorism. If I die for asking for my rights and inspiring other women to fight for theirs, then I'm ready to lose my life."

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