Fair enough, but I think it's obvious to anyone watching the film that the two interviewees are describing not only about what happens to them, but also how other Afghans are treated. Note the use of we
, Afghan girls
, and Afghans
in their speech.
Yes, they share their personal experiences, what has happened specifically to them, but they place those experiences in the context of a much larger social phenomenon. Not all of the hundreds of thousands of Afghan women in Iran face abuse and discrimination, and not all Iranians take part in it, but it happens often enough for it to be representative of the Afghan experience in Iran.
The UNCHR-sponsored study
cited at the end of the film confirms much of what the interviewees say as being more than just isolated incidents (one example being how Tajik Afghans, who look more like Iranians and can obscure their national origin, tend to be more privileged and receive preferential treatment compared to Hazaras)
, as does this one
Refugee Watch wrote:The women have complained that they are discriminated and are not allowed to make decisions. The Afghan women are also laughed at and mistrusted by the Iranians.
At the same time, it should be said that Iran deserves a lot of credit for hosting one of the world's largest refugee populations and providing them with social services at great cost. For years Afghan women in particular availed themselves of opportunities for educational
, and social
advancement not available to them in their homeland. Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated sharply in the past decade with the passing of new restrictions, as the video above demonstrates.