In the remote Afghan village where eleven-year-old Sediqa and Qodrat live, time seems to stand still. Men and women have their own roles and don’t mix. This segregation starts at an early age when girls tend the goats and boys drive away the wolves with slingshots. But Sediqa – who is excluded because it is said her grandmother was enchanted by a snake – would prefer to join the boys. And Qodrat is mocked by the other kids because his mother has re-married as the third wife of an old man. These two outcasts find comfort in one another’s company, until the gossiping villagers start interfering. Meanwhile, the mythical Kashmir Wolf – half beast, half goddess – casts her shadow over the village.    
Director Shahrbanoo Sadat grew up in such a village. She brings her early years to life in a mixture of ethnography and subtle social criticism, with a generous dose of magical realism. Due to the unstable situation in Afghanistan, she shot the film in Tajikistan.

Filmmaker
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Country
Afghanistan, Denmark, Sweden, France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
86’
Language
Hazaragi
Producer
Katja Adomeit, Madeleine Ekman, Xavier Rocher
Production Company
Adomeit Film, Zentropa International Sweden, La Fabrica Nocturna Productions
Sales
Alpha Violet
Writer
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Pauline Archange, Alexandra Strauss
Sound Design
Thomas Jaeger
Cast
Sediqa Rasuli, Qodratollah Qadiri, Amina Musavi, Sahar Karimi, Masuma Hussaini, Mohammad Amin, Qorban Ali
Website
http://wolfandsheepfilm.com/