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POINT OF VIEW – LOVE, AFGHAN STYLE

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For the upcoming ‘Point Of View’ event on Tuesday 6 October, ICE has partnered with the Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA), and Community Services students from Granville TAFE.
On today’s blog AAHYA members talk about the background to ‘Point Of View – Love, Afghan Style’.

Why did you organise this event
This event is an opportunity to show a different perspective on Afghan lives. There are not many opportunities for 1st and 2nd generation young Afghan Australians to have their say. This event is important to us because it is organised by young people with a space for them to put their perspectives and discuss issues that affect them.

We want to raise awareness about change, especially in relation to hardships when it comes to marriage and love.

People don’t know much about us. The event will explore culture from both perspectives in Afghanistan and from Australia.

An important point about having a public discussion about love and marriage is the context. The film Love Marriage in Kabul provides a context in Afghanistan and the Q&A will explore the different context here in Australia.

It is easy to misinterpret ideas about love, consent and marriage if you don’t understand the context.

What change would you like to see
This event aims to create understanding between the Australian community and the Afghan community, especially Afghan youth.
We also want to build relations and understanding between Afghan families, especially between parents and their children.

Here we have more choices than young people in Afghanistan.

But even in Australia, there is unspoken conflict.  If you like someone, you can’t just go out with them. It’s not that easy.

Traditional ways are still strong in the community. There is still a strong reliance on parents to make marriage decisions for their children.
Boys and men are more likely to be able to choose, but love marriage is still an issue for young men.

Young Afghan Australian men are also more likely to have a girlfriend – though they still keep that a secret from their parents.
Girls are less likely to have a boyfriend.

There are other changes taking place, like intermarriage between different ethnic groups.

Who is making the changes
The Afghan community is adjusting to change like all other communities. Elders have lived in different countries and realise they have to adjust to very different cultural norms and ways of life through migration. They have been exposed to different environments and cultural norms and that is reflected in the many different ways of being Afghan in Australia.

Do you think film has a social role to play
Film documentaries can change the way people think because they are based on real lives and real events. People can see and think for themselves through a documentary. People are subjective. They can’t judge their own actions, so when they watch a film they think, wow! You can see your own world through a third eye and this gives you an opportunity to judge your own attitudes and action. 

Point of View – Love, Afghan Style is on Tuesday October 6 at 5.30pm. Join us for a screening of Love Marriage in Kabul followed by a Q&A discussion panel.
More info via: ice.org.au/project/point-of-view-love-afghan-style/

Image credit: Amin Palangi, Love Marriage In Kabul

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