Mightier Than The Sword inspires biography of Mozhdah Jamalzadah, the “Oprah” of Afghanistan

Mightier Than the Sword , a 48-minute documentary about Afghan female journalists and filmmakers and their impact on gender perceptions and gender equality, has sparked the creation of a biography, to be released in Fall 2019, about Afghan-Canadian Mozhdah Jamalzadah. One of three women prominently featured in the documentary, Mozhdah’s biography is titled Voice of Rebellion: How Mozhdah Jamalzadah Brought Hope to Afghanistan. Many have tried to silence her, but Mozhdah remains the most powerful female voice of her generation in Afghanistan, boldly speaking out about women’s rights in her home country and beyond. Voice of Rebellion charts the activist’s journey: from arriving in Canada as a child refugee, to setting her father’s protest poem to music (and making it a #1 hit), to performing that song for Michelle and Barack Obama, to hosting her own show in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The Mozhdah Show tackled taboo subjects like divorce and domestic violence for the first time in the country’s history. But even as it empowered women, the show ignited anger and death threats from critics, and Mozhdah was eventually forced to return to Canada. Today, she continues to release new music and spread her message of equality, even from afar. Beautifully written, and as bold as Mozhdah herself, Voice of Rebellion is an essential companion for today’s modern and inclusive feminist movements. Voice of Rebellion was written by Roberta Staley, who also produced, directed and wrote Mightier Than The Sword.