Shahrbanoo SadatStill: The Orphanage
Shahrbanoo SADAT (1991, Iran) is an Afghan filmmaker, writer and producer based in Kabul. Her debut film Wolf and Sheep won the top award in 2016 Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes. The film was developed with the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency in 2010; Sadat was 20 years old at the time, the youngest ever selected for the residency. She premiered her second feature The Orphanage in the same section at Cannes in 2019. Sadat studied documentary filmmaking at the Kabul workshop of Ateliers Varan in 2009. In 2013, she started her own production company Wolf Pictures in Kabul. Both Wolf and Sheep and The Orphanage are part of her pentalogy project (five feature films) based on Anwar Hashimi’s autobiographical text of 800 pages. Her film Kabul Jan has received support from the Hubert Bals Fund.
A Smile for Life (2009, short doc), Vice Versa One (2011, short), Not at Home (2013, co-dir), Wolf and Sheep (2016), The Orphanage (2019)
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Shahrbanoo Sadat at IFFR
In the romantic dramedy Kabul Jan, a young camera-operator falls head over heels in love with a married TV reporter, who is twice her age. The clash between intense love and the beliefs of Afghan society creates 'unheard' ways of being together and handling romantic life.
Not at Home
Wolf and Sheep
Bollywood-film nostalgia colours the experiences of fifteen-year-old Qodrat, who ends up in an orphanage during Afghanistan's 1980s Soviet-oriented period.