Director: Granaz Moussavi
Australia, Afghanistan
115 minutes

How do young people metabolise trauma?

That's the slow-burn question director Granaz Moussavi asks in her unflinching follow-up to My Tehran for Sale (AFF 2009). On the busy roads and back streets of Kabul, ten-year-old Hewad (newcomer Arafat Faiz) peddles pomegranates, amulets and wide-eyed naivety among his fellow citizens. Since his father was martyred, Hewad has been the family breadwinner, though he yearns to be a movie star – a pipe dream that becomes quietly plausible when the boy strikes up a friendship with an Australian war photographer. Sadly, the hand of fate has other plans in this lucid story of religion, superstition, destiny and circumstance. Inspired by real events, this film provides a window into Afghanistan through the eyes of its youth.

An Adelaide Film Investment Fund work.

Session includes extended Q&A with filmmakers.

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Film Type AFF Investment Fund
Program Strand Feature Fiction
Age Recommendation 15+
Language Farsi, Pashto
Subtitles English
Director Granaz Moussavi
Producer Christine Williams, Baheer Wardak, Marzieh Vafamehr
Screenwriters Granaz Moussavi
Cinematographer Behrouz Barrouj
Editor Shima Monfared, Ali Akhavan, Elias Azizi, Ali Azizi, Nima Nabilirad
Music Hossein Alizadeh
Cast Arafat Faiz, Elham Ayazi, Saeeda Sadat, Amirshah Talash, Freshta Alami, Hashmatullah Fanai, Andrew Quilty