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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

 


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BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in den österr. Kinos

Topkino, Wien
Stadtkino Grein
Leokino, Innsbruck
Das Kino, Salzburg
Actors Studio, Wien
Lichtspiele Katsdorf

2./28.11.
die künstlerei, Tamsweg

7./10.11.
Filmfestival Radstadt

8./10.11.
Metro Kino, Bregenz

ZERSCHLAG MEIN HERZ

Premieren und Publikumsgespräche in Anwesenheit
der Regisseurin Alexandra Makarová
und des Produzenten Simon Schwarz

in den österr. Kinos

Village Cinema, Wien
Topkino, Wien
Geidorf Kunstkino, Graz
Moviemento, Linz
Localbühne Freistadt
in den Starmovie Kinos
Peuerbach, Regau, Ried, Liezen, Steyr, Wels
Leokino, Innsbruck

15.10
Premiere
Das Kino, Salzburg

ab 19.10
Das Kino, Salzburg

MEIN STOTTERN

Ab Oktober 2018 kommt der Film
in ausgewählte deutsche Kinos.

Den Screenings folgt jeweils ein
Gespräch mit den Regisseurinnen.

22.10
Moviemento, Berlin

24.10
Monopol, München

11.11
Cinema, Frankfurt

11.11
Lamm-Lichtspiele, Erlangen

13.11
Lichtspielkino, Bamberg

14.11
Audi Programmkino, Ingolstadt

20.11
Filmpalette, Köln

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FESTIVALS

KINDERS

will be screened at

DOKUart FF, Croatia 2018
7.00pm, 19th October

ASHORE

won The Scam International Award
at Cinéma du Réel 2018, FR

will be screened at

DocLisboa, Portugal 2018
9.30pm, 19th October
2.00pm, 22nd October

NAMRUD

will be screened at

Cinemed Festival, France 2018
6.00pm, 21st October
4.00pm, 24th October

WOMEX, Spain 2018
3.30pm, 26th October

PriMed, France 2018
25th November - 1st December

DIL LEYLA

won Prix du Documentaire
at Films Femmes Méditerranée 2018, FR

will be screened at

Globale Film Festival Berlin, DE 2018
7.30pm, 28th October

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

will be screened at

Kasseler Dokfest, DE 2018
2.30pm, 17th November

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