Enemies of Happiness

Eva Mulvad, Denmark, 2006

58 min.DK/Documentary

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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Enemies of Happiness
Danish title Vores lykkes fjender
Keywords Political circumstances, Joya, Malalai, Afghanistan, Election campaign, Women
Director Eva Mulvad
Co-director Anja Al-Erhayem
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Zillah Bowes
Editor Adam Nielsen
Sound Mikkel Groos
Composer Thomas Knak, Jesper Skaaning, Anders Remmer
Appearances Malalai Joya
Production country Denmark
Production company Bastard Film
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales TV 2 World / Teglholm Allé 16 / 2450 København SV / t +45 6521 2223 / f +45 6521 4199 / sales@tv2.dk / www.tv2world.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Danish festival release 08.11.2006, Grand, CPH:DOX
Danish theatrical release 01.12.2006
Cinemas Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Biffen (Aalborg), Øst for Paradis (Århus)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Bastard Film
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Eva Mulvad
Co-director Anja Al-Erhayem
Director: 2. unit Jamal Ahmad


Script: translation Mohsen Ahmadi
Script: translation Mohammad Hanif
Translation Mohsen Ahmadi
Translation Mohammad Hanif


Producer Helle Faber
Production manager Winnie Thygesen
Production assistant Thomas Byskov
Production assistant Maria Månson


Cinematography Zillah Bowes
Cinematographer: 2. unit Merya Fahrad Azizi
Cinematographer: 2. unit Merwais Ahmadi
Cinematographer: 2. unit Naser Sarwari


Stills Zillah Bowes
Stills Eva Mulvad
Stills Jamil Ahmad


Editing Adam Nielsen


Music Thomas Knak
Music Jesper Skaaning
Music Anders Remmer


Sound Mikkel Groos

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høeg Rasmussen

Other credits

Research Anja Al-Erhayem
Research Laila Sylvest Jensen
Research Lise-Lotte Gümoes
Research Line Wolf Nielsen
Interpreter Mardina Parmach
Interpreter Jamal Ahmad


Appearance Malalai Joya

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Speciel Mention 2007 SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2007
Nestor Almendros Prize 2007 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2007
Speciel Mention 2007 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2007
World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary 2007 Sundance Film Festival 2007
Silver Wolf Award 2006 Amsterdam, IDFA 2006

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007-11-07
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2007-10-18
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2007-10-15
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2007-09-21
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2007-09-20
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2007-08-27
Melbourne Film Festival 2007-07-25
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2007-07-13
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2007-07-13
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2007-07-06
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2007-06-12
Sydney Film Festival 2007-06-08
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2007-05-11
München Documentary Festival 2007-05-02
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2007-04-19
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2007-03-31
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2007-03-22
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2007-03-22
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2007-03-21
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2007-03-20
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2007-03-16
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2007-02-28
ZagrebDox 2007-02-26
Göteborg International Film Festival 2007-01-26
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24
Amsterdam, IDFA 2007-01-20
Sundance Film Festival 2007-01-18
Amsterdam, IDFA 2006-11-23
CPH:DOX 2006-11-10
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Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Artikel Berlingske Tidende ritzau 2008-02-13
Artikel Kristeligt Dagblad ritzau 2008-02-13
Artikel Metroexpress ritzau 2008-02-13
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten ritzau 2008-02-13
Artikel Politiken-Fonden sko 2008-02-13
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten jakob rubin 2006-12-08
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten jakob rubin 2006-12-08
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden dorte hygum soerensen 2006-12-08
Artikel Politiken-Fonden dorte hygum soerensen 2006-12-08
Artikel Politiken-Fonden sko