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The Orphanage (2019)

Parwareshghah (original title)
A 15-year-old ticket scalper in Kabul dreams of Bollywood until the Soviets force him into a state facility.

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Shahrbanoo Sadat
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anwar Hashimi Anwar Hashimi ... Anwar (the supervisor)
Arthur Köstler Arthur Köstler ... Commander of Mujahideen
Karan Jeet Singh Karan Jeet Singh ... Karan Jeet
Ahmad Fayaz Osmani Ahmad Fayaz Osmani ... Fayaz
Nahid Yakmanesh Nahid Yakmanesh ... Miss Deputy Director
Asadullah Kabiri Asadullah Kabiri ... Asad
Quodratollah Qadiri Quodratollah Qadiri ... Qodrat
Eshanullah Kharoti Eshanullah Kharoti ... Eshan
Daria Gaiduk Daria Gaiduk ... Sima Petrovna
Abdul Rahman Formoli Abdul Rahman Formoli ... Rahman
Masihullah Masihullah ... Feraji
Fridoon Muradi Fridoon Muradi ... Feraidoon
Sediqa Sediqa ... Sediqa
Yama Yakmanesh Yama Yakmanesh ... Mister Director
Hasibullah Rasooli Hasibullah Rasooli ... Hasib
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A 15-year-old ticket scalper in Kabul dreams of Bollywood until the Soviets force him into a state facility.

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Dari | Russian | Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (France) See more »

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The Orphanage See more »

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A very interesting film!
11 February 2020 | by mbrcfSee all my reviews

The film is about a kid named Qodratullah who is forced to live in an orphanage by the pro-Soviet government of Afghanistan in 19189 Kabul. As soon as he arrives in the orphanage which is around 10-15 minutes in, the director lifts her focus and camera from the kid and tries instead to capture every elements in that place such as the kids, the dorms, the teachers and supervisers and so on.

This film is made based on unpublished diaries of Mr. Anwar Hashimi who also stars in this film and he lived in such a place for 8 years when he was a teenager. As a result, the main focus and star of this film is the mentioned orphanage and director Shahrbanoo Sadat reflects on Afghans culture and the country's political state at that time period as a subplot to the life in the orphanage.

The filmmakers have done their best to give us a human, sans cliche film and they have pretty much succeeded doing so. If you've got a chance to see this piece, don't miss it.


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