Some moviemakers risk their lives to bring provocative issues like gender and corruption to the big screen.
Some 250 US citizens of Afghan origin have made unlikely career changes to become military interpreters.
Policewomen are promoting better community relations, but face discrimination in their own career advancement.
Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan.
The effort, launched on the main supply route to Afghanistan, has suspended supplies sent to US and NATO forces there.
The opium trade helps fund the insurgency but also provides farmers livelihood.
Monday's attack came amid discussion of doubling the US forces in Afghanistan by mid-2009.