Here is the only image I could find of THE star of the evening, Fazal.
He outshone the theater and was the best speaker I have ever heard.
My two companions opted out of the lecture. That was a loss for them.
He was incredible. So articulate. So knowledgable.
So compassionate. So nice to look at (did I say that out loud? :) )
All kidding aside, he said some things that I will never forget. And I quote:
"Why must one have a genetic link to a place to tell the people's story?"
He offers a "visual response to unravel what the place has to offer."
He "makes" or "shoots" an image. He doesn't "take" it because it reminds him of taking something from someone without permission. He is trying to share who they are by their offering (by their allowing him to make the image). To let the person come forward in the image.
"Someone being reduced to a tragic moment in their life is wrong. The rest of their story is being forgotten."
"We need to be more responsible for the way we insert ourselves in other's lives."
He closed by reading a quoted letter/writing by an Afgan woman. This seems to be pivitol as to why he has become an advocate of women's issues. "Our prized posessions are pens and books. That is our treasure. We have been ignored by our men and abandoned by our outside sisters. The time has come for us to do it ourselves."
He is helping women do just that. Kudos to you Fazal. Sorry I couldn't have you to dinner.