One Bullet

Carol Dysinger

A grieving Afghan Mother and a US filmmaker, connected through one deadly stray bullet, forge a friendship amidst America’s longest war. One Bullet asks the question: how might we make peace across vast social, cultural and religious divisions? The answer just might be: one cup of tea at a time.

A random encounter with young, wounded Afghan Fahim in a military hospital sets in motion an unusual and intimate story between two women – the indomitable Bibi Hajji, the mother of the boy, and a filmmaker from the country that may well have shot him. We see the story of war and its effects, but this time from the cloister of the women’s room and through these women’s eyes.

This story of intimate female friendship forged amidst America’s longest war, is told by filmmaker Carol Dysinger, who spent eighteen years in-and-out of Afghanistan. In this war movie, the battlefield lies behind the curtains of an Afghan home. Bibi Hajji struggles to survive the loss of her youngest child, and the impact of a brother’s death on her remaining sons. A haunting image of that boy with the bullet wound prompted Dysinger to investigate: what happened to him, who fired the shot?  


Carol Dysinger
Ashim Bhalla, Su Kim
Country of production
United Kingdom, Denmark, United States
93 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Kwannon Films
World Sales
First Hand Films