Curlers Against Misery
In 2003, after months of preparation, Ziri Rideaux and Cornelia Kiss traveled to war torn Kabul to witness the start-up of the first US installed beauty school, created to train Afghani women in Western hairdressing.
Upon arrival in Kabul, Rideaux and Kiss found a Hollywood style media competition raging beneath the surface of the American philanthropical project. Not willing to suffer discouragement, they changed course and proceeded to lift the veil on the questionable culture lurking behind "Giving," "Aid" and "NGOs" (Non-Governmental-Organizations).
In "Curlers Against Misery," viewers get to know local beauty parlor owners and how they tricked and survived the Taliban; government officials tell us how they are planning to rebuild and with what means; people living in refugee camps recount in no uncertain terms what they are missing; and an amazing American woman who has understood, with 30 years experience, how to give from within the local culture, shows us how it can be done.
Juxtaposed with an amazingly resilient and self-sufficient Afghani population, apparent do-gooders and their "we know better" attitude do not stand up well to scrutiny.