International Competition

The Enemies of Happiness

Eva Mulvad

Malalai Joya is a 28-year-old Afghani woman who in 2005 ran in her country’s first democratic parliamentary election in over 30 years. A survivor of repeated assassination attempts, she spreads her message surrounded by guards. How do you introduce democracy in a country where almost everyone is illiterate, votes are for sale and women cannot leave their children to vote? As the film eloquently reminds us, it takes more than Western soldiers and diplomats. Joya is a controversial voice for a nation ruined by war and ruled by tradition, and a voice with a desperate urge for change.


Eva Mulvad

Eva Mulvad, born 1972, is a Danish documentary lm director. She graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Eva is a director of documentaries for DR TV since 1997. In 2006 she received IDFA Silver Wolf Award and World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance for Enemies of Happiness. She also was a winner of the 2006 Women in Film and TV award for young film talents. The Good Life (2010) was shown at IDFA and won the award for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF. Her film A Modern Man (2017) premiered at CPH:DOX.

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Vores lykkes fjender

2006, 59', color, video

Directed by:
Eva Mulvad

Zillah Bowes

Edited by:
Adam Nielsen

Thomas Knak, Jesper Skaaning, Anders Remmer

Helle Faber

Produced by:
Bastard Film A/S