Sahraa Karimi is among the most prominent Afghan film directors. Her documentary and fiction films offer intimate and complex insights into the lives of women in Afghanistan. They have been shown at international festivals, winning multiple awards. Karimi was the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Association. After her recent escape from the country two days after the fall of Kabul, she has been a vocal critic of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and a prominent advocate for the rescue of Afghan cultural workers. Karimi holds a PhD in cinema and filmmaking from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia.