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Afghan Actresses Decry Taliban Ban on Women in Entertainment: ‘An Artist Without Art is Basically Dead’

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Rebecca Davis editorLeena Alam, one of Afghanistan’s best-known actresses, is in character as she explains facing an unthinkable choice.“Who would know better than me how dangerous it is to be a woman actress with the Taliban?

You cannot inflict me with one more drop of fear than I already have,” says the California-based Alam as part of a virtual performance of a monologue for the LA Writers Center.“You offer me death and my children, or life without them?

What would you do? I will go home.” Tearfully, Alam, who starred in popular shows such as feminist drama “Shereen,” rocks back and forth on Zoom in front of a backdrop of an airport waiting room with signs for Paris.The monologue was spun from an interview with her close friend and.

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