Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

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Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)


by Barmak Akram




Director: Barmak Akram

Scriptwriter: Barmak Akram

Cinematographer: Barmak Akram

Editing: Barmak Akram, Hervé de Luze, Isabelle Ingold

Sound: Jean-Paul Hurier, Pascal Villard

Music: Barmak Akram, Mathieu Chedid, Susheela Raman

Cast: Wajma Mustafa, Abdulsatar Breshna Bahar

Kabuli Film Ariroad

ASC Distribution
238 rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75 012 Paris
Tel: 0033 1 43 48 65 13
Mail: ascdis@orange.fr


DCP, Colour, 86 min, OV with French Subtitles

Sundance Film Festival 2013
Winner of the Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2013

Wajma, an Afghan adolescent leading a free life in Kabul, is about to study at college when she falls under the spell of Mustafa, a young waiter apparently deeply in love with her. Mischievous and passionate, they are nevertheless careful about the social rules they infringe. A news however implicates their relationship and provokes the return of Wajma’s father, who had left Kabul for his work. 
“The film is about women and how there are the victims of discriminatory behaviors in Afghanistan. I wanted to make a film to defend women’s rights, yet avoiding clichés. Why do they have to remain virgin before getting married? This is never requested for men, whereas it is an obligation for women. I wanted to tell the story of a young Afghan woman, as well as show the evolution of the Afghan society aspiring to modernity…The violence endured by women is the main topic of ‘Wajma (An Afghan Love Story).” Barmak Akram
In a society apparently becoming emancipated, women however do not really have the right to speak.
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