Film covering the plight of women under the Taliban rule is set for Special Screening at Cannes

A documentary by Afghanistan born director, Sahra Mani, has been selected to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the festival’s Official Selection.

The film titled “Bread and Roses” has been co-produced a company owned by the Hollywood movie star, Jennifer Lawrence, captures the experiences of women living the Taliban rule since the group’s return to power in August 2021.

The documentary has been scheduled to premiere as a Special Screening during the festival, with the entire production team being expected to be in attendance, according to DEADLINE.

The film follows three women seeking to recover automony in a society where women’s rights have rapidly declined. The filmmakers have described Bread and Rose as offering a raw and unpoliticised look at the plight of women in Afghanistan.

Sahra Mani, who has directed and co-produced the film, fled Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return and has been living in Europe. Her previous work includes the 2019 documentary “A Thousand Girls Like Me,” which follows a young Afghan woman seeking justice after years of sexual abuse by her father.

The Cannes Film Festival is set to take place from 17 to 28 May in Cannes France.