Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire



Anneta Papathanasiou


Greece, 2013

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Greek/Persian with English subtitles

Four actresses living on the edge because of love; love of acting…

Benafsha, a 22-year old actress, was mysteriously killed in Kabul because the role she performed was considered to be against Islamic values. Breshna, a 45-year old famous actress, received a letter from the Taliban threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop acting. Roya, a 22-year old actress, decided to flee the country because she was considered a prostitute when she touched a male actor’s hand…

These are the stories that revealed themselves to actress and filmmaker Anneta Papathanasiou when invited to travel to Kabul University in Afghanistan to teach Ancient Greek drama.

As someone with a special interest in women’s affairs and rights, Papathanasiou took her camera with her and, with it, captured the harsh criticism, social disapproval and threats of violence directed at young actresses who simply love the theatre arts.

Written by: Anneta Papathanasiou 
Produced by: Fotini Economopoulou, Grigoris Kokkinakis, Mikis Modianos

About the Director:
Anneta Papathanasiou has been acting on stage and television for over 20 years. In 2011, she established an independent theatre in Athens called ELIART, and she has focussed on creating documentaries since 2002. As well as Playing with Fire, her documentary output includes The Nymphs of Hindu (2011), Qadir – An Afghan Ulysses (2008) and three After the Tsunami films.

Greek Synopsis:
Οι σωματικοί και ψυχολογικοί κίνδυνοι στους οποίους εκτίθενται σε καθημερινή βάση όσες γυναίκες έχουν τη φιλοδοξία να γίνουν ηθοποιοί στο σημερινό Αφχανιστάν, αποκαλύπτονται με δραματικό τρόπο στην ταινία αυτή.