Afghanistan: The Decade on Film
A Retrospective Film Series

This retrospective film series, streaming Fri. Nov 5th - Sun. Nov 7th, 2021 marks the return to Texas of several influential and groundbreaking works from Afghanistan - some featured at prior Indie Meme Film Festivals, some joining our library for the first time. Returning films include :The Orphanage (2019), Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019), Jirga (2018), and Utopia (2015)as well as a new program of the illuminating photojournalism documentary, Frame by Frame. 

$10 - General Admission
$5 - IM Family Members (50% off)
FREE to IM Fan Members

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Our community partner, -Texas Refugee Org-
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All films in this program were shot in Afghanistan during the past decade, though the time periods and settings explored range from the orphanages and cinema houses of the 1980's Soviet Era to the streets of Kabul in the 2010's to the hospitals of Herat and even to the UK and Russia as characters cross borders on school trips or medical journeys.  With this program, we hope to offer some small support to the creative community in Afghanistan as they rebuild and respond. 

Virtual On-Demand Admission to all (5) films is included in the $10 ticket package. 
Films stream from Friday Nov 5th at 7PM CST to Sunday Nov 7th, 11:59PM PST


Feature Films


In the late 1980s, 15-year-old street kid Qodrat dreams of Bollywood but is arrested for illegally reselling cinema tickets. Put in an orphanage on the outskirts of Kabul, he goes to school, takes a class trip, makes friends, and falls in love for the first time. 

Selected Festivals & Awards:

Cannes Film Festival - Director's Fortnight - Official Selection

Asia Pacific Screen Awards- Best Youth Feature (Nominee)

Reykjavik Film Festival - Golden Puffin for Best Film

Munich International Film Festival- Official Selection

Sarajevo International Film Festival - Official Selection


After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime in which photography was a crime, four Afghan photojournalists  face the realities of building a free press – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.

Selected Festivals & Awards:

SXSW International Film Festival - Official Selection

HotDocs - Official Selection

BFI London - Official Selection

Seattle Film Festival - Women in Cinema - Lena Sharpe Award

Winner of Best Documentary Award at: 
Sidewalk Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Camden, Cayman Islands Int'l FF, Cleveland, New Hampshire, Sante Fe, Weyauwega & more.


Hava, Maryam, Ayesha 

From filmmaker Sahraa Karimi, comes the resonant story of three women from different generations and social backgrounds; each living in Kabul and facing a pivotal challenge. 

Prior to being forced to flee Afghanistan during the 2021 fall of Kabul, Karimi served as the first female president of the Afghan Film Organization. 

Selected Festivals & Awards:

Venice Film Festival - Official Selection

Cairo Film Festival - Official Selection

Dhaka International Film Festival - Best Actress

Busan Int'l Film Festival - Official Selection

International Film Festival of India - Official Selection


Janan, a woman from Afghanistan, travels to the UK for her artificial insemination. Cultural, religious, and moral complications explode when William, a medical sciences student working in the clinic, switches the donor's semen for his own

Selected Festivals & Award

88th Academy Awards - Afghanistan's Official Entry for 'Best Foreign Language Film'

Asian World  Film Festival - 'Best Actress' Award for Martine Malalai Zikria

Delhi International Film Festival - 'Best Actress'

Jaipur International Film Festival - 'Best Director' Award for Hassan Nazer

London Asian Film Festival - 'Best Production'


Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, returns to Afghanistan, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war.

Selected Festivals & Awards:

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards - 'Best Indie Film'

Australian Screen Editors - 'Best Editing' Nominee

Toronto Int'l Film Festival (TIFF) -  Official Selection

CinefestOz - 'Best Film'

Palm Springs Film Festival - Official Selection

Community Partners

We encourage donations to the following organizations:

Our community partner, -Texas Refugee Org-
Other Recommendations

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