Enemies of Happiness

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Enemies of Happiness
Directed by Eva Mulvad
Produced by Helle Faber
Starring Mardina Parmach (Interpreter)
Music by Thomas Knak, Jesper Skaaning, Anders Remmer
Cinematography Zillah Bowes
Edited by Adam Nielsen
Distributed by Women Make Movies, The Danish Film Institute
Release date
November 10, 2006
Running time
58 minutes
Country Denmark
Language English

Enemies of Happiness is a 2006 documentary about the controversial Afghan politician and member of the Afghan Parliament Malalai Joya filmed by Danish director Eva Mulvad.

The film team travelled with the then 28 years old Malalai Joya during her campaign for the 2005 Afghan parliamentary election, which was the first democratic election in 30 years in Afghanistan. The film gives deep insight into the living conditions of the Afghan population.


  • 2006, Silver Wolf Award, IDFA, Amsterdam
  • 2007, World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
  • 2007, Special Jury Mention, Silverdocs 2007
  • 2007, Best long documentary, Festival Films De Femmes, High School Jury, Creteil
  • 2007, International Premier Award, One World Media Awards, London
  • 2007, Nestor Almendros Prize, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York
  • 2007, Special Mention, One World Film Festival
  • 2007, Audience Mention Best Documentary, 15 Mostra Internacional de film de dones, Barcelona


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Preceded by
In the Pit
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary
Succeeded by
Man on Wire