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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

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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NEWS

TSCHERNOBYL - EINE CHRONIK DER ZUKUNFT

26.4  Jahrestag des Tschernobyl-Atomunfalls
Linz, Crossing Europe FF, Ö-Premiere
(in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs)
Graz, Geidorf Kunstkino, Preview
St. Pölten, Cinema Paradiso, Preview

ab 28.4 Kinostart
Innsbruck, Leokino
(in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs)
Graz, Geidorf Kunstkino,

29.4
Freistadt, Local-Bühne
(in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs)

30.4
Linz, Crossing Europe FF
(in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs)

ab 30.4
Wels, Programmkino

ab 5.5 Premiere Wien
Wien, Metro Kino
(in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs)

OFFSHORE - ELMER UND DAS BANKGEHEIMNIS

DEMNÄCHST
28.4 und 6.5 Dornbirn, Spielboden
15.-17.5 Feldkirch, Rio-Kino

PETER TURRINI - RÜCKKEHR AN MEINEN AUSGANGSPUNKT

ROMY GEWINNER 2017
der Film hat in der Kategorie
BESTE KINO-DOKU gewonnen

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FESTIVALS

OFFSHORE

IT'S ALL TRUE Documentary Film Festival
Brazil 20th - 30th April

DOKKA Film Festival
Germany 24th - 28th May

DIL LEYLA

CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival
Austria 25th - 30th April

SEHSÜCHTE Int. Film Festival
Germany 26th April - 1st May

DOK.FEST MÜNCHEN
Germany 3rd - 13th May

DOKKA Film Festival
Germany 24th - 28th May

VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL

CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival
Austria 25th - 30th April

GOLDEN GENES

is nominated for the
EUROPEAN SCIENCE FILM AWARD

AFO Int. Festival of Science Documentary Films
Czech Republik 25th - 30th April

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won NEW DOC AWARD
at Tempo Documentary FF, Sweden 2017

KORIDA

won CITIZEN AWARD
at NONFIKTIONALE, Germany 2017

DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY Film Festival 
Poland 12nd - 21st May

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