The Photograph

Sahar, a young Afghan bride-to-be, lands in Canada from Afghanistan. Soon she finds herself wandering the streets in search of a husband she has never met.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Fazila Amiri
Producer: Salar Pashtoonyar
Cinematographer: Alejandro Coronado
Editor: Raghed Charabaty

Filmmaker’s statement

Growing up in the Afghan diasporic community in Canada, I have many friends and relatives who have travelled from Afghanistan to Canada in arranged marriages in the hope of pursuing a better life abroad.

In The Photograph, my characters are trying to understand, relate and express their upbringing about the complexity and absurdity of the arranged marriages that are forced upon them by custom and culture.

About Fazila Amiri

Fazila Amiri

Fazila Amiri is an Afghan-Canadian director and screenwriter whose films look closely at the lives, struggles and dreams of Afghan people in Afghanistan and around the world.

Fazila is an MFA candidate in film production at York University, with a BFA in film studies from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University.

Her short films Unknown Artist (2018) and The Photograph (2017) have been shown in international film festivals including the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 41st Montreal World Film Festival and the 31st Atlantic Film Festival.

She is a recipient of the 2018 Telefilm Talent To Watch Program and the winner of The Lindalee Tracey Award at the 2018 Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival.

Currently Fazila is on the festival circuit with her latest short film, Kabuli Bicycle (2018).

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