Theater and Transitional Justice in Afghanistan: US Premiere of Infinite Incompleteness

Date and time: 
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 15:00 to Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 19:00
Washington DC and New York

ICTJ is pleased to present the US premiere in New York and Washington DC of Infinite Incompleteness, an original one act performance piece created by the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO).

AHRDO is an all-Afghan led and run civil society organization based in Kabul working to promote human rights, accountability, and democracy through participatory theater and arts-based initiatives focusing on personal and collective narratives.

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Infinite Incompleteness addresses themes emerging from more than three decades of war in Afghanistan (1978–present) and is based on real stories from victims around Afghanistan. The piece was developed based on the request from victims’ groups involved in participatory theater workshops that a theatrical work be created based on their own experiences. Stories were collected during workshops, with consent, for this purpose.

The performance follows a woman, the Butimar-e Kabul, as she walks the streets of Kabul in search of her disappeared children. Interspersed with her storyline are the accounts of other male and female victims, related by three Afghan men who deliver the stories using the victims’ original words and language, speaking in Dari, Pashto and Hazaragi. English subtitles will be provided.

Washington DC Performance

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Doors open at 5.00pm, performance starts at 5.30pm.
Kay Spiritual Life Center Chapel
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Panel discussion to follow with:

  • Joseph Eldridge, American University Office of the University Chaplain
  • Hadi Marifat, Director, AHRDO
  • Patricia Gossman, ICTJ Afghanistan
  • Moderated by Erica Gaston, Program Officer, Open Society Foundation Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Policy Initiative

New York Performance

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Doors open at 6.30pm, performance starts at 7.00pm
Helen Mills Theater
137-139 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Panel discussion to follow with:

  • Richard Bennett, Special Advisor to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
  • Hadi Marifat, Director, AHRDO
  • Patricia Gossman, ICTJ Afghanistan
  • Leeza Ahmady, Director, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society
  • Moderated by Elizabeth Rubin, Journalist


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