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Afghan Dreamers: Film Screening & DIscussion

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Afghan Dreamers: A Film About the Robotics Team hosted by AMWA in 2018

On May 15, the American Medical Women’s Association, Highlander Robotics FRC Team 8033, and Girl Scouts Service Unit 303 will present a special screening of the Paramount Plus award-winning film, Afghan Dreamers.

Afghan Dreamers tells the incredible story of the Afghan Dreamers Girls’ Robotics Team, a group of Afghan schoolgirls who—led and inspired by Afghan tech entrepreneur Roya Mahboob–defied conservative gender roles to compete internationally in robotics… and, in doing so, helped transform a people and nation.

The team first gained international notice when they were barred from attending FIRST Global in Washington, D.C., due to a travel ban against individuals from certain predominantly Muslim countries. Supported by international allies and with the intervention of members of Congress, the team was ultimately allowed to compete and went on to win several awards in the U.S. and internationally. Inspired by the Dreamers’ unlikely success, then-President Ashraf Ghani committed to building five STEM schools throughout Afghanistan. But the journey came with many struggles, as the film poignantly demonstrates.

This film has special relevance to AMWA, as the Dreamers were hosted by AMWA during their stay in California.

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“Opening our home to the team was one of those unique moments in life when an opportunity comes your way that opens a global perspective for seeing the world and friendships that last a lifetime,” said Douglas and Eliza Chin.

The Dreamers then continued their international journey, transforming communities and bringing hope to women and girls along the way. But, as the film painfully shows, a tragic reversal of fortune came in August 2018 when the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, and the girls, their coaches, and thousands of other Afghans were forced to flee their homeland.

Immediately following the screening, members of the production team (Dr. Douglas Chin – Creator and Associate Producer, AMWA life member) will be joined by a former Afghan Dreamers team captain (Florence Pouya) as well as an Afghan Girl Scout (Nargess Hassani). They will share their perspectives on the film and the current status of women’s rights in Afghanistan, particularly with regard to education and work. The discussion will be moderated by Afghan writer and human rights activist, Nahid Fattahi who authored this blog post for AMWA in 2022.

The film has received critical acclaim internationally, awarded Best Human Rights Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh, Runner-Up for Best Feature Length Documentary at Woodstock, Audience Choice Award at the Volladolid International Film Festival, and Official Selection at the Heartland and Boulder International Film Festivals.


Afghan Dreamers

May 15, 2024, 7-9 pm
Ellen Driscoll Theater
325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Producers: David Cowan, Sheila Nevins, Ellen Goosenberg-Kent
Creator & Associate Producer: Dr. Douglas Chin
Directors: David Greenwald & Beth Murphy


May 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT


Ellen Driscoe Theater
325 Highland Ave
Piedmont, CA 94611 United States
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