On a hilltop overlooking Kabul, Sima trains Hazara women in Kung Fu to fight sexism & violence as the US-led war in Afghanistan persists. WUSHU WARRIORS is a documentary action film that mediates on globalization, the legacy of how martial arts, and the forgotten 17 year long war as Sima combats restrictive ideology and harassment to and bring honor to war torn Afghanistan.
Miasarah Lai (BA Cornell University, MFA Northwestern University) is a documentary cinematographer, who has worked internationally in the Ghana, Myanmar, China, Nicaragua, Romania, and the U.S. Her work has screened at Athens Ethnofest, Chicago Palestine Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival & Big Sky Film Festival, among others. She has received grants from the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Camden International Film Festival, Double Exposure Film Festival, The Propeller Fund, and a DVID fellowship from Kartemquinn Films. Miasarah has produced work for NBC Universal, YMCA, American Airlines, Nike and more. Miasarah also organizes Mezcla Media Collective, a resource hub for Chicago WoC filmmakers.
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