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The Orphanage

Parwareshgah

Caught selling black market cinema tickets, young Qodrat is sent to a Soviet orphanage where he daydreams himself into his favourite Bollywood films.

Dir-Scr Shahrbanoo Sadat
Prod Katja Adomeit
With Qodratollah Qadiri, Hasibullah Rasooli, Masihullah Feraji
Denmark-Germany-France-Luxembourg-Afghanistan
2019
86min
Sales Luxbox
With English subtitles

Set against the volatile backdrop of 1980s Afghanistan, the bold second feature by Shahrbanoo Sadat (Wolf and Sheep, LFF 2016) is not only a film about hopes and dreams, but one that has vision and audacity in abundance. Inspired by the unpublished memoirs of her friend Anwar Hashimi (who appears in the film as the orphanage’s director) we observe the camaraderie, friendships and daily routines inside the institution, witnessing the country’s conflict through the eyes – and lively mind – of film fanatic Qodrat. A poignant drama that writes Afghanistan’s history into film, as well as locating the moving image in the country’s present, The Orphanage is a beautiful homage to the power of cinema.

Elhum Shakerifar

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