A Letter from Kabul
Dir.Reza Adib, 2022, 16 min
A Letter from Kabul is part of a long documentary film directed by Reza Adib. It is filmed soon after the Taliban took power in Kabul on August 15th 2021.
A Letter from Kabul brings us to a school in west of Kabul, a neighborhood of Hazaras. Hazaras are Shia muslims and one of the minorities in Afghanistan. The area with it’s schools is one of the main targets of terrorist attacks and several deadly attacks have already happened. The teachers are immigrating to other countries one after the other and the number of students is decreasing every day. The main character, a teacher, considers how to teach in such conditions.
The material of the film comes from the female teacher and it is shot on her mobile phone. Director Reza Adib has received this and a lot of other material through his networks and is working on to edit a feature length documentary out of the material.
Dir. Hassan Fazili, 2019, 87 min
Taliban puts a bounty on Hassan Fazili’s head and the filmmaker has to flee Afghanistan with his wife and two daughters. The family films their journey through Europe as asylum seekers. The film, shot on three mobile phones follows the family along the Balkan smuggling route and searching for a safe place to live. Hassan Fazili and his wife Fatima Hussaini are both filmmakers and their dialogue both in words and in pictures is in the center of the film. The third narrator is their older daughter Nargis.
The film describes the rich life that was left behind, the uncertain future and the life in between. Private and intimate material tells a story of a family in extraordinary circumstances.
Their unique access and artistic vision provide an intimate portrait of a loving family and the fellow travelers they meet on their way.