Film Night “Garden at the End of the World “

“Garden at the End of the World

Mahboba  Rawi

This was the fifth in a series of Peace and Justice films that the Church has been screening.  We hope to  alert local people to the need to use peaceful ways to solve conflict here and around the world.  Part of this is to raise awareness that injustice and discrimination lead to conflict.

The film has won several awards including a human rights award, and taught us that  there is something everyone can do to help the suffering women and children of Afghanistan.  Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and also has the highest numbers of widows and orphans.

Many concerned and interested northern beaches residents came  to our church and were enthralled by this insightful and moving film last Sunday..

In the midst of crisis and conflict  two amazing women  have been working to help the victims of conflict, violence and poverty.

The film featured Rosemary Morrow. who went there to teach the widows and the orphans how to survive by developing a permaculture  that would supply food in an environmentally sustainable way.     This is having   good results but still, as she points out, the great need is a stable society to allow the cultivation to develop.

The film  also showed the passion and the work of another Australian woman-   Mahboba  Rawi  who generously came to our film night to help in the discussion

Mahboba spoke about her work of  building orphanages.   She made a huge impression on the responsive audience . She spoke with a full heart, sometimes in tears, and answered many questions.  We could see the huge effort she has made for several  years to save these lovely children.

Gary Caganoff ‘s  film  was both heart rending  and beautiful .  We will never forget  the  children –  whose spirit is amazing.   Gary also spoke and answered questions and was able to explain the trauma of the women and children, which still continues as the fighting and conflict rages.

Donations were given to  MAHBOBA’S PROMISE  –  our audience were enthusiastic and generous..

Avalon Group of Amnesty had a table with information and a petition was signed to the P.M of Pakistan  about protection  of  Malala    the young 14 yr old girl  from Pakistan who was shot for defending  women’s right to an education. We also asked  that those who shot her be brought to justice.

About the film:

The story of how two extraordinary Australian women have helped peaceful survival in Afghanistan

   This documentary has won many awards including a human rights award – and it is easy to see why.  It explores the amazing efforts of two wonderful women who have provided means of peaceful survival for some of  the poor and hungry,homeless and traumatised people of Afghanistan.   It shows us the plight of the women (especially the widows) and the orphans.

Gary Caganoff   paints a heart rending picture of the need and shows how Rosemary Morrow brings hope to a torn society. She is a horticulturist and  has developed a system of Permaculture  which helps to  erase poverty in those countries where  starvation  is rife. She has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and Afghanistan –  helping communities destroyed by conflict to support themselves by growing their own food in an environmentally sustainable way.

The film shows the simple and understanding way she relates to the people, and how helps them to rebuild community,  This comes first but  after that widows and orphans learn how they can survive through permaculture.

The film also shows us some of the work of another great Australian woman Mahboba Rawi .  Mahboba has for many years been working for the orphans of Afghanistan through the aid agency “Mahboba’s Promise” set up in Australia .   . Mahboba has saved thousands of orphans and has built orphanages in which the children thrive. See her working toward this in the film.

Gary Caganoff’s moving and enthralling film helps us understand  the problems faced  in this war -damaged and conflict -ridden, but starkly beautiful, country Most of all it shows us how to use peaceful  ways to solve many of the world,s problems and to sustain those who are suffering.

We are fortunate that both Dr.Caganoff and  Mahboba will be at the screening and will speak and answer questions!  Mahboba spoke at a Church event during Rev,Robyn’s ministry a few years agon and we were all very impressed by her work and dedication.

Date:  Sunday -28th  Oct.       5 pm – 7.30 pm

Place:  Avalon Baptist Church  2  George St. Avalon



Dr.Nasrine with Mahboba and orphans

Mahboba and an orphan

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