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Marzia, my friend

FIN 2015, 80, 55 (TV) min, Kirsi Mattila

Marzia dreams of peace and independence. But because she lives in Afghanistan, her dreams are revolutionary. Ultimately Marzia’s story becomes a symbol of the wider struggle of Afghan women: it is about the right to make decisions about your own life. The film follows Marzia’s life from spring 2011 to the end of 2014, when international troops were supposed to leave Afghanistan.

festivals

Galway Film Flead 2015, IRL | Montreal World FF 2015, CAN | Kasseler DOK Filmfestival 2015, DE | Afghan Documentary FF Stockholm 2015, SWE | Queens World FF 2016, USA | Millenium FF Brussels 2016, BEL |  European Film Festival Prague 2016, CZ  | Seattle Int. Film Festival 2016 | Auroville FF 2017, IN

awards

BEST HUMAN RIGHTS FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL at Galway Film Fleadh 2015, IRL | BEST DOCUMENTARY at Montreal World Film Festival 2015, USA | BEST AFGHAN DOCUMENTARY at Afghan Documentary FF Stocckholm 2015, SWE | BEST DOCUMENTARY at Queens World FF New York 2016, USA | YOUNG VISION AWARD at Millenium Int. Documentary FF Brussels 2016, BEL

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

I first met Marzia in spring 2011. She was young, talented and full of hope.

Marzia dreamed of freedom. She dreamed of being able to choose her lover; of being able to study and work; she dreamed of travelling to all the countries of the world. Ordinary dreams for any young person – but because she lived in Afghanistan, Marzia’s dreams were revolutionary.

At the time we met, I was in Kabul for the fourth time with a group of Finnish female journalists to train Afghan women journalists. I wanted to make a film about Afghan women’s courage and their struggle for women’s rights.

Afghanistan is a country at war, where people are constantly on edge, forever living in fear and uncertainty. In such a mental climate, new winds have a hard time blowing. Marzia’s dreams also ran into difficulties.

How much can we Westerners understand of the conflict between Marzia's dreams and reality? Directly, not very much. Our opportunities in life are so very different.

In four years, I learned to know Marzia well. We kept in close touch, we became friends. I learned about the crushing weight of ancient traditions, how the power to make decisions over a woman’s life resides with the family and society.

I want my documentary to build a bridge between the two worlds. I want to show what Marzia’s life is like, how it is permeated by tradition.

Ultimately Marzia’s story is a symbol of the wider struggle of Afghan women: it is about the right of women – of people – to decide for themselves about their lives, their freedom to choose their own path.

Kirsi Mattila

Director

 


pictures

NEWS

KINDER UNTER DECK

ab 10. Mai in den österr. Kinos

Filmhaus, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz

DAS ERSTE JAHRHUNDERT DES WALTER ARLEN

in den österr. Kinos

Programmkino Wels

ab Mai
Das Kino, Salzburg

8./9.5.
Filmbühne Waidhofen/Ybbs

MEIN STOTTERN

in Deutschland im Kino

26.4.
Scharfrichter Kino, Passau

DIE EINSIEDLER

in den österr. Kinos

8./9.5.
Altes Kino Landeck

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in Österreich im Kino

26.5.
Alte Gerberei, St. Johann

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Namrud (Troublemaker),
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FESTIVALS

DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN

won the Ecumenical Award
at Achtung Berlin Film Festival!

EISENBERGER - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
2:00 pm, 27th April

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
4.00 pm, 11th May
4.00 pm, 19th May

WALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
10.00 am, 27th April

Los Angeles Jewish FF, USA 2019
7.30 pm, 8th May

ASHORE

won Best Documentary Award
at Festival de Malaga!

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
4.30 pm, 28th April
6.30 pm, 30th April

Jeonju Int. Film Festival, South Korea 2019
1.30 pm, 6th May
5.30 pm, 7th May
5.00 pm, 11th May

UNA PRIMAVERA

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
8.15 pm, 29th April

Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, Canada 2019
9.00 pm, 29th April
4.00 pm, 1st May
12.45 pm, 4th May

CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia 2019
8th - 13th May

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
6.00 pm, 13th May
7.00 pm, 17th May

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

won Audience Award at
Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival!

will be screened at

Trento Film Festival, Italy 2019
7.00 pm, 29th April
3.15 pm, 2nd May

CHILDREN BELOW DECK

will be screened at

Central European University, HU 2019
5.30 pm, 7th May

KINDERS

will be screened at

Ciranda de Filmes, Brazil 2019
23rd-26th May

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