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Roqaia

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Director:
Diana Saqeb Jamal
Production:
Goopy Bagha Productions (Arifur Rahman, Bijon Imtiaz), Mardumak Media (Diana Saqeb Jamal)
Running Time:
11’
Language:
Farsi, Dari
Country:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh
Main Cast:
Roqia Rasuli, Asadullah Rasuli, Gavhar Taj Salmanian, Qorban Ali Salmanian
Screenplay:
Diana Saqeb Jamal
Cinematographer:
Zabihullah Saifi Askari
Editor:
Soheil Flumme Ozlati
Music:
Tin Soheili
Sound:
Sajad Saie, Hezbollah Sultani, Sayed Milad Mehrad, Jacques Pedersen

Synopsis

After surviving a suicide bomb attack, 12-year-old Roqaia finds herself in the middle of a media frenzy, as she deals with her trauma all by herself.

Director’s Statement

I find the innocent smile of a child to be the most beautiful sight in the world. But the moment children in Afghanistan open their eyes, the sound of death replace their mother’s lullaby. I feel helpless with my inability to change their surroundings. When we started shooting Roqaia, violence broke on the streets of Kabul and all the roads were closed. So, we had to change the script, location, and even our characters in the middle of the shooting. For me, as an Afghan filmmaker, any moment that I am alive and able to tell the stories of my country and my people is the most significant moment. I realised how fortunate I am to be just alive: that’s why I want to do my best with every moment of my life.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Arifur Rahman,Bijon Imtiaz - Goopy Bagha Productions Limited
181/A East Kafrul
1206 – Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tel. 8801711235465
bijon@goopybagha.com
http://www.goopybagha.com

PRODUCTION 2: Diana Saqeb Jamal – Mardumak Media
House no 4_ District 3- Pol E Sorkh
1001 – Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel. 93799141766
dianasaqeb@gmail.com

PRESS OFFICE: Bijon Imtiaz – Goopy Bagha Productions Limited
3748 Westwood Blvd
90034 - Los Angeles, United States
Tel. +1 4054122326
bijon@goopybagha.com


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