Kabul, City in the Wind

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    Kabul, City in the Wind

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany

    2018

    88 min

    • Farsi

    Documentary

    Scope Expanded - Staff Picks

    Fearless and always on the lookout for passengers, Abas steers his rickety bus through the chaos of Kabul, still regularly the target of terrorist attacks. Elsewhere in the grim city, which appears to be permanently wrapped in a cloud of dust, the young teenager Afshin and his little brother Benjamin accompany their father, a former soldier, to a memorial with portraits of bomb victims. When their dad leaves for Iran for reasons of personal safety, Afshin suddenly becomes head of the household.
    In his first full-length documentary, Aboozar Amini loosely follows the stories of the bus driver and the two brothers. At home with his children, Abas rejoices, but happiness is scarce. His bus breaks down and creditors are chasing him for money. To forget his troubles, he sings a song and smokes hash. Afshin and Benjamin do their best not to disappoint their dad and take their chores around the house very seriously. Among these impressions of life in Kabul, Amini has his protagonists talk to the camera directly about their worries and dreams—the Afghan nightmare is never far away.

    Awards

    • NEXT:WAVE Award - CPH:DOX
    • Special Jury Award for First Appearance - IDFA
    • Bronze Star for Documentary Film - El Gouna FF
    • NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film - El Gouna FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Aboozar Amini
    Editing
    Barbara Hin
    Srdjan Fink
    Sales
    REDIANCE
    Production
    SILK ROAD FILM SALON

    Press

    Although the violence has left a strong mark, the ubiquitous grayscales of the desert offer a refreshing view of the colourfulness of its inhabitants.

    Chris Frieswijk, Cineuropa

    A well-observed, impressionistic documentary based around the lives of a philosophical bus driver and a young teenage boy.

    Allan Hunter, Screendaily

    A remarkable portrait on the lives of unremarkable people living in a country whose name evokes warfare and hardship.

    Nick Holdsworth, Modern Times Review

    Aboozar Amini

    Aboozar Amini

    Afghanistan

    Like every individual on this planet, every film has its own soul too. We should never try to change the soul of the film to fit to any business model but the other way around.

    Aboozar Amini (1985, Afghanistan) was the favorite storyteller amongst the children of Himalaya Mountains. He immigrated to the Netherlands as a teenage boy and followed the Dutch education system. In 2010 Aboozar graduated from the Gerirt Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam with the graduation film KABULTEHREANKABUL that was granted the Wildcard 2010 prize by the Dutch Film Funds. His second documentary ON THE STRING OF FORGETFULNESS won the Servin Blanchet Award at the Human Rights FF in Kabul Afghanistan in 2013 and the price for the best documentary film at Afghan Documentary FF Stockholm in 2014. Supported by eight international scholarships, Aboozar was able to follow his MA in film making in 2012-2015 at the renowned London Film School (LFS) where theories of the aesthetic language of film go hand in hand with practice the process of making films under supervision of well-known filmmakers such as Mike Leigh and his team. His short fiction film ANGELUS NOVUS was selected for the IFF Rotterdam 2015. His film WHERE IS KURDISTAN (2016) was commissioned by IFFR. His latest film KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND (2018) won Special Jury Award for First Appearance at IDFA and NEXT:WAVE Award at CPH:DOX. His Afghan origin plays an important role in his work.

    Selected Filmography