Enemies of Happiness

by Eva Mulvad

Malalai Joya has been called the most famous woman in Afghanistan. She is a young politician who dares to challenge warlords and opium kings in her fight to bring progress to Afghanistan. It is a dangerous fight and there have been four attempts on her life.
Enemies of happiness follows Joya as she runs for parliament. It is a campaign that takes place behind a burka, surrounded by bodyguards.
This award winning film is a real life thriller, it shows us what happens inside a war zone, and it brings us an incredible story about personal courage.


Length: 58:30
Year of Production: 2006
Language: English/Afghan
Subtitles: Danish, English, Spanish
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Director: Eva Mulvad
Producer: Helle Faber
Available on: DVD (PAL) - VOD (ENG, DKsubs)
Extra: Malalai Joya in Copenhagen November 2006, Interview with the director, deleted scenes, trailer Interview with main characters, interview with director, deleted scenes.


Cinema for Peace Award given to Malalai Joya – the main character in Enemies of Happiness. 2008
Best International Documentary, World Cinema Jury Prize/Sundance Film Festival. 2007
Silver Wolf Award for the Best Documentary under 60 min. IDFA 2006
Special Mention at SilverDocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary. 2007

Nestor Almendros Prize at New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. 2007
Best Feature Documentary
, High School Jury/Festival Films De Femmes, Paris. 2007
International Premier Award, One World Media Awards . 2007
Special Mention, One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague. 2007

Audience Mention: Best Documentary, Barcelona, 15 Mostra Internacional de Film de Dones. 2007
Best International Documentary, Expresión En Corto International Film Festival. 2007
Best Documentary, Tv-festival Copenhagen. 2007