Hava, Maryam, Ayesha
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    Hava, Maryam, Ayesha

    Directed by

    Afghanistan, Iran, France


    86 min

    • Farsi


    Three Afghan women from different social background, living in Kabul, are facing a big challenge in their lives. Hava, a traditional pregnant woman whom no one cares about, is living with her father and mother in law. Her only joy is talking to the baby in her belly. Maryam, an educated TV news reporter, is about to get a divorce from her unfaithful husband, but finds out she is pregnant. Ayesha, an 18-year old girl accepts to marry her cousin because she is pregnant from her boyfriend who disappears after hearing the news. Each of them has to solve her problem by herself for the first time.


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    Labels & Line Ups


    Arezoo Ariapoor
    Fereshta Afshar
    Hasiba Ebrahimi
    Sahraa Karimi
    Sami Hasib Nabizada
    Behrouz Badrouj
    Mastaneh Mohajer
    Saba Nedaei
    Ali Tavakoli

    Director's Statement

    As a female filmmaker from Afghanistan, I promised myself to be the storyteller of my fellow countrywomen who seek to change their lives in a traditional society. By travelling to many Afghan cities and villages, I found real stories from inside my country about women such as Hava, Maryam, and Ayesha. Hava is the example of an Afghan housewife, Maryam is an intellectual and well-educated woman, and Ayesha is a teenager from the middle class. They are trying not to give in to the imposed patriarchal society. Their decision is a form of resistance to their predetermined life. My goal is to narrate the lives of the women who haven’t had a voice for many years, and they are now ready to change their fate.

    Sahraa Karimi

    Sahraa Karimi


    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.