Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) (Wajma)

Bader - ages 18+

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Barmak Akram / Feature Narrative / Afghanistan, France / 2013 / 79 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Persian / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Coming of age, Drama
MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


In Competition

A man defuses bombs in the minefields – but he can’t predict the huge explosion that is about to take place in his own family. His daughter Wajma is seduced by Mustafa, a waiter who charms her into having an illicit relationship. So begins a terrible chain of events: Wajma discovers she is pregnant; Mustafa rejects her; her father finds out about the situation; violence erupts.

‘Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)’, its title deliberately sardonic, takes an unblinking and unapologetic look at the reality of women caught in situations from which there is no escape. Although it relies on vivid settings and naturalistic performances, it is far more than a strong example of cinéma-vérité. Its realistic façade reveals an ingeniously crafted mise-en-scène that is charged with profound symbolism. Watching brutal dog fights in the streets of Kabul, a father losing his balance on slippery snow, or the bird’s-eye view of a beautiful yet inhospitable landscape framed by the window of a plane, we cannot help but see in these images a direct expression of the characters’ feelings.

Winner of the Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2013 and submitted as the official Afghan entry to the Academy Awards for best foreign language film, ‘Wajma’ could well turn out to be for Afghanistan what ‘A Separation’ was for Iran or ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ was for Romania.

About the Directors

Barmak Akram, born in 1966 in Kabul, lives in Paris, where he studied fine arts. His first feature film, ‘Kabuli Kid’ (2008), won several awards and screened at the Venice Film Festival. He has also made experimental and documentary films, including ‘Toutes les télés du monde’ (2009). As a musician, interpreter and composer, he explores Afghan culture as well as Persian poetry.


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Sales Company
Production Company
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