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The Orphanage

Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
DK, DE, FR, LU, AF, QA 201990' fa, ru, hi

In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and daydreams himself into some of his favorite movie scenes. Until one day, the police takes him to a Soviet orphanage. While the political situation is changing in Kabul, the children want to defend their home.

The director stresses that one can’t question the present if one doesn’t know the past. There are enough films about Afghanistan today and the whole world knows there is a conflict there. What interests him is to find out where all this mess actually started from. The orphanage is one of the few places in the entire country where everyone lives together no matter of religion or ethnicity.

Curator's point of view: The director handles different genres brilliantly and inserts Bollywood-style song and dance numbers in the most dramatic moments of the growing-up story.