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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

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

1.9., 20:00 Uhr Kino am Dach, Wien
3.9., 18:30 Uhr KIZ Royalkino, Graz
4.9., 19:00 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
7.9., 18:30 Uhr Leokino, Innsbruck
8.9., 18.30 Uhr Moviemento, Linz
8.9., 20:00 Uhr Programmkino Wels
9.9., 18:00 Uhr Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
10.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
11.9., 20:00 Uhr Haydn Kino, Wien
13.9., 11:00 Uhr Filmhaus, Wien
16.9., 19:00 Uhr Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
17.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien

ab 4. September
in den österr. Kinos:

Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
Haydn Kino, Wien
Apollo Kino, Wien
Village Cinema, Wien
Cineplexx Millenium City, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Cineplexx Linz
Stadtkino Grein
Kino Gmünd
Kino Zwettl
Volkskino Klagenfurt
Filmstudio Villach
Lichtspiele Mittersill
Kino Eibiswald
Kino Oberpullendorf

ab 11. September
Leokino, Innsbruck
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino Steyr
Star Movie Regau
Star Movie Wels
Star Movie Ried
Star Movie Steyr

ab 18. September
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Annenhof Kino, Graz

weitere Kinos folgen.

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Top Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
KIZ Royalkino, Graz

ab 19.8. die künstlerei, Tamsweg
22.8. Oval, Salzburg
1.9. Kino Oberpullendorf
3.9. Filmcasino, Wien
17.9. Cineplexx Amstetten
19.9. INSEL, Scharnstein
27.9. MuKu, St. Johann
ab 7.10. Cinema Dornbirn
ab 25.10. EU XXL - Die Reihe
ab 28.10. Filmforum Bregenz
ab 30.10. Stadtkino Center Ternitz
2.11. Horizontale, Straden
9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

DIAGONALE 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Spielfilm,
Beste künstlerische Montage,
Bestes Sounddesign,
Diagonale Schauspielpreis (Dominik Warta),
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis

DIE DOHNAL
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Dokumentarfilm,
Preis für außergewöhnliche Produktionsleistung

ROMY 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester Kinofilm

BACKSTAGE WIENER STAATSOPER
Judith Benedikt & Eva Testor
Beste Bildgestaltung Kinofilm

DOK.FEST MUNICH 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award

ETHNOCINECA 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Austrian Documentary Award

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FESTIVALS

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will be screened at

Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILM, AT 2020
5.15 pm, 28th August
12.30 pm, 29th August

THE FEVER

will be screened at

Fünf Seen FF, DE 2020
4.30 pm, 4th September
7.30 pm, 4th September
6.00 pm, 5th September

Taiwan Int. Human Rights FF, TW 2020
7.30 pm, 4th September
7.00 pm, 24th September

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Int. Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund/Köln, DE 2020
6.00 pm, 13th September

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