DIRECTOR: Sahraa Karimi COUNTRY: Afghanistan YEAR: 2019 LANGUAGE: dari SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 86 min


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.

Sahraa Karimi ist die einzige promovierte Filmwissenschaftlerin Afghanistans und Leiterin des Instituts Afghan Film. Sie wurde Born in 1985, Sahraa Karimi comes from the second generation of Afghan refugees in Iran. At the age of fifteen, she played as an actress in two Iranian films which brought her to study cinema in Slovakia and graduated with a PHD of directing. During these years, she has made more than 30 short fictions and documentaries, some of which won numerous awards in international film festivals.
After 10 years of making many shorts and documentaries, she returned to Kabul. She made two documentaries there which were successful internationally and were broadcasted through ARTE France and BBC. “Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” is her first feature film which was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2019.

Sahraa Karimi

Searching For a Dream (2004), Chris: Paulina (2007), Simona (2007), Light Breeze, Memoirs from the Diary of an Emigrant (2009), Afghan Women Behind the Wheel (2010), Parlika: A Woman in the Land of Men (2016), Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019)

SCRIPT: Sahraa Karimi, Sami Hasib Nabizada PRODUCERS: Katayoon Shahabi, Sahraa Karimi CINEMATOGRAHPY: Behrouz Badrouj EDITOR: Mastaneh Mohajer WITH: Hasiba Ebrahimi, Fereshta Afshar, Arezoo Ariapoor

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Noori Pictures (Katysh.01@gmail.com) WORLD SALES: Noori Pictures (Katysh.01@gmail.com)