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Afghan Ladies' Driving School


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

Mr Mamozai's Driving School is the first driving school in Kabul to teach both men and women how to drive. And probably the only driving school for women in the world that is run by men who don't really think women should drive at all. But then the driving instructors at Mr Mamozai's are all ex-Taliban, so clearly this is no ordinary driving school.

Filmed over five months, the documentary follows the female students as they take their first driving lessons – in cars that emit an electronic “Praise Allah” every time the break pedal is depressed – right through to their driving tests. And looks at the men who attempt to help those women while telling them to “drive more like a man”.

The programme provides a revealing look at how life has in some ways radically changed for women in Afghanistan since the collapse of the Taliban, but in other ways, remains difficult. Both hilarious and shocking, this documentary charts the women's struggle in a maledominated world, but also puts a human face on a country often in the news.