This year we are introducing the theme programme Take on Afghanistan at the festival. Recent and urgent films from and about Afghanistan, which show the far-reaching consequences of the latest developments on film makers and human rights.
“We want to give filmmakers who have to work under particularly difficult circumstances the attention and support they need. Especially now it is important that independent stories from a country where censorship rules also reach the rest of the world“, says artistic director Margje de Koning.
Along with this theme programme, our main guests will be Afghan film makers Sahra Mani (A Thousand Girls Like Me, 2019), Aboozar Amini (Kabul, City in the Wind, 2018) and Dawood Hilmandi (Bekhawy, 2009; Arvaksca, 2011; 2087, 2012). The main guests will be put in the spotlight at the festival with a retrospective of their work. They also present new work in masterclasses and participate in panel discussions with, among others, Afghan makers.