The solely feminine whirling dancer in Afghanistan was to kick-off her largest tour across the nation. Then the Taliban took over.
The Taliban sees Sufi whirling dervishes as in opposition to Islamic regulation. Fahima Mirzaei had no selection however to run.
This is the story of her escape.
This is a part of the documentary Farewell My Afghanistan by Kawoon Khamoosh, which will likely be broadcast on 18 September on BBC World News.
Camera: Marek Polaszewski and Kawoon Khamoosh
Additional filming: Hamidullah Karimi and Fatima Hasani
Reporter, producer, and director: Kawoon Khamoosh