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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei

  • Run Time

    97 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Canada, Afghanistan

  • Language

    Dari, Pashto

  • Director of Photography: Elizabeth Mirzaei

  • Editor: Andrea Henriquez

  • Produced by: Ina Fichman

  • Music: Jessica Moss

  • Sound Production: Mimi Allard

Director Bio

Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei

Gulistan Mirzaei was born in Afghanistan and spent much of his life as a refugee in Iran. He was mentored by award-winning Afghan director Siddiq Barmak (Osama) and was a line producer for Voice of America. Elizabeth Mirzaei moved to Kabul in 2007 as a volunteer photography instructor with AINA Photojournalism Institute. She was the director and cinematographer on the BBC’s The Killing of Farkhunda, and a cinematographer on the Emmy-nominated documentary What Tomorrow Brings. Together, they have co-directed films for Al Jazeera English, their latest being For Sardar: The Afghan Journalist


Laila at the Bridge

Part of the Phenomenal Women Curated by SDI Strand


Laila Haidari survived child marriage and her own traumatic past to battle one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction. Known as ‘the mother of the addicts’, Laila must prevail over a crisis of addiction and corrupt government in a country on the verge of collapse. [12A]

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