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As host of the acclaimed talk show The Mozhdah Show, singer and the first Afghani woman to perform in the White House, it’s no wonder why Mozhdah Jamalzadah has been called the “Oprah of Afghanistan.” Settle in for a unique experience with the international star and subject of the biography Voice of Rebellion, as she is interviewed by her biographer, journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker Roberta Staley.
The pair will discuss Jamalzadah’s rise from child refugee to the prominent women’s rights activist she is today. The talk will be followed by a short musical performance. Hosted by Ayesha Chatterjee.
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Born and raised in India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany and now calls Toronto home. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Her work has appeared in journals across the world and has been translated into French and Slovene. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets. She currently serves as chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus. She is a juror for the 2019 VINE awards for Jewish-Canadian Literature.
Mozhdah Jamalzadah is a Kabul-born, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, media personality and feminist activist. Among her many firsts, Mozhdah is the first Afghan woman to perform songs in English; the first talk show host to debate taboo subjects like child marriage, violence against women and divorce in post-Taliban Afghanistan; and the first Afghan woman to perform at the Obama Whitehouse. She has guested on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won several “Best Artist of the Year” awards in more than one country. Voice of Rebellion by Roberta Staley is her first authorized biography.
Roberta Staley is a magazine editor, writer and documentary filmmaker. She has reported from Afghanistan, El Salvador, Haiti, Cambodia, Israel and more countries around the world. Her award-winning documentary, Mightier Than the Sword, reveals how Afghan women in media are working to overcome a culture of silence and invisibility.