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ABGESAGT: Film screenings and talks with the Afghan filmmakers Sahraa Karimi and Shahrbanoo Sadat

1. und 2. Dezember 2021, 18.00 Uhr Kunstuniversität Linz, Domgasse 1, 4. OG, Expostmusik


Die Veranstaltung ist aufgrund der aktuellen COVID-19 Verordnungen auf unbestimmte Zeit verschoben.


Die Abteilung Ästhetik und Pragmatik audiovisueller Medien lädt zu Filmscreenings und Gesprächen mit den afghanischen Filmemacher*innen Sahraa Karimi und Shahrbanoo Sadat.

The Department of Aesthetics and Pragmatics of Audiovisual Media in cooperation with the Oberösterreichische Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik (gfk oö) invites you to film screenings and talks with Afghan filmmakers Sahraa Karimi and Shahrbanoo Sadat on December 1 and 2, 2021.
The event will be held in English; the films have English subtitles.

December 1, 2021, Sahraa Karimi: Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (AF/IR/FR, 2019, 86 min).
Host: Angela Koch

Three Afghan women from different social backgrounds living in Kabul are faced with a major challenge. Hava, a traditional woman who is pregnant, lives with her in-laws. No one seems to care about her. Her only pleasure comes from 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, agrees to marry her cousin because she is pregnant, but the baby is from her boyfriend who disappeared upon hearing the news. Each of the women is confronted with dealing with the situation on her own for the first time.

Sahraa Karimi
Born in 1985, Karimi was among the second generation of Afghan refugees in Iran. She studied cinema in Slovakia and graduated with a PHD in directing. During her time abroad, she made more than 30 shorts and documentaries, several of which won numerous awards at international film festivals. After ten years of living abroad, she returned to Kabul where she made two documentaries that achieved international success and were broadcast by ARTE France and BBC. Hava, Maryam, Ayesha is her first feature film; it was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors. In 2019, Sahraa Karimi became the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Organization. In August 2021 she and her family managed to escape Afghanistan and are currently residing in the Ukraine.


December 2, 2021, Shahrbanoo Sadat: Wolf and Sheep (DK/FR/SE/AF/HK/NZ/US, 2016, 86 min).
Host: Wiltrud Hackl

Wolf and Sheep is the debut feature film by Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat. It portrays Afghan society through the eyes of shepherd children; offering a glimpse of a community in a small village in rural Afghanistan and its beliefs, traditions, and stories. One belief involves a Kashmir wolf who walks on two legs. In Sadat’s version, beneath the wolf’s fur is a tall, green fairy woman who takes cruel villagers with her up to the mountain.

Shahrbanoo Sadat (1991) is an Afghan filmmaker who was born in Afghanistan and lived there until August 23, 2021, when she was evacuated to France due to the Taliban takeover. She has since moved to Germany where she is currently located. Her debut film Wolf and Sheep won the top award at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2016. The film was developed with the Cannes Cinefondation Residency in 2010. Shahrbanoo was 19 years old at the time – the youngest ever selected for the residency. She premiered her second feature, The Orphanage, in the same section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Shahrbanoo studied documentary filmmaking at the Kabul workshop of “Atelier Varan” in 2009. Her first short fiction Vice Versa One was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2011. In 2013, she opened her own production company “Wolf Pictures” in Kabul. Both Wolf and Sheep and The Orphanage are part of her pentalogy project (five feature films) based on an 800-page autobiographical text by her friend and collaborator Anwar Hashimi. Since 2020, Shahrbanoo has been working on the third part, a romantic comedy set in Kabul before the Taliban’s arrival.

Registration for events The events will take place at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Registration is required under forms.office.com and is possible until November 30.
Please note the current COVID-19 Regulations on the university’s website.

Aesthetics and Pragmatics of Audiovisual Media 
Oberösterreichische Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik (gfk oö)