Sahraa Karimi

Sahraa Karimi

Afghanistan

Cinema is a window on the identity of a nation. In recent years, Afghan filmmakers opened this window for the world by making important and influential films, introducing Afghanistan and its stories to the world. With the Taliban regaining power, we fear that the door to Afghan cinema has closed to the world and it will be impossible to reopen it.

Born in 1985, Sahraa Karimi comes from the second generation of Afghan refugees in Iran. At the age of fifteen, she acted in two Iranian films which led her to study cinema in Slovakia and graduate in directing. Over the years, she has made more than 30 short fiction and documentary films, some of which won numerous awards in International film festivals. After 10 years of making films abroad, she returned to Kabul. She made two documentaries there which were successful internationally and were broadcasted through ARTE France and the BBC. HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA (2019) is her first feature film which was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors. It had its world premiere in the Orizzonti section of the 76th Venice IFF.