October 16, 2021

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Afghan helmer Shahrbanu Sadat talks about the hope of Afghan cinema

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Shahrbanu Sadat, an Afghan filmmaker whose work includes the 2019 Cannes Directors for Night Film The Orphanage “and the Cannes 2016 film” Wolf and Shape, ” Eliminates some misconceptions about Afghan cinema and its country.

Fearing persecution like many fellow Afghan artists, the director fled Kabul after the Taliban took over the country in August. He broke down in tears as he talked about his father, a farmer who had to flee Afghanistan with him as the harvest season was about to begin, one of millions whose lives were ruined by the collapse of the country 20 years later under Western rule. .

“I’m ashamed to say that we’ve made a few films in the last 20 years,” he said. These self-exiled Afghan filmmakers began to gain worldwide recognition through their films that were screened at top film festivals.

According to Sadat, most of the films made in and around Afghanistan were made as NGOs during the Soviet regime and even during the US occupation, with funding to flush, women’s rights, elections and other things that are new. Administration in good light.

“These are full of very bad films, clich এবংs and stereotypes and sadly were considered as reference points about Afghanistan to both the local and international community,” he said.

He is hopeful that exiled Afghan filmmakers like him will present a new and new perspective on their country, based on their new life experiences in Europe and elsewhere. “I hope that in the next 10, 15 years, a new wave of Afghan cinema will come,” he thought.

Meanwhile, he has been working on a romantic comedy for the past two years, which he hoped to finish next year. “It shows the first kiss in the history of Afghan cinema,” he said. It is set on a TV station, where Sadat also got his first job, where his main character was working on a cooking show, despite his disinterest in cooking, and a desire to work in the news. She gets a break to work with the TV station’s star news reporter and a romance between them is sparked. “It’s not a cheap comedy, it’s actually a very political film,” he said. “For the first time, it shows Afghanistan in a bright pink light because we need hope, we need to smile, we need color.”

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