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"Sisters" in Cent Magazine!

Jo Phillips wrote a fantastic article featuring our Documentary "Sisters".

SISTERS Dan Blackwell

In a country where it is scorned upon for women and girls to play music, a group of young women risk their lives every day to pursue their passion, both for music and gender equality in Afghanistan. They play in an Orchestra.

“Sisters” follows UK musician, Dan Blackwell to Kabul to meet Afghanistan’s first-ever female orchestra, ‘Zohra’. Zohra is Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra. Every member of this orchestra has faced terrible adversity to play music. Dan learned about Zohra online and got in contact with them first via Facebook and then followed with an email.

“Sisters” is a real-life story with many emotional highs and lows as it tackles serious, dark themes. However, this documentary fills the viewer with hope for a stronger connection to people who usually only feature in distant news stories. “Sisters” looks into the lives of the Zohra members and their two young leaders.


Negin is the Conductor of Zohra. At 20 years old she is the oldest member and the leader of the Zohra Ensemble. She sticks with and leads Zohra as the country’s first female conductor despite multiple death threats and family disputes. Zarifa is nowhere to be seen until Dan tracks her down. Discovering her precarious situation, Dan stays with her as she prepares to flee Afghanistan leaving close friends and family behind.


Along with Negin, Zarifa was the outspoken second leader of Zohra until she fled the country during the production of this film.

Although at the moment music is not forbidden in Afghanistan, under the Taliban regime it was banned completely and will prob