Roqaia

Nominated for Best Short Film

Information

11' • Afghanistan • 2019

Farsi, Dari

Director: Diana Saqeb Jamal

Producers: Goopy Bagha Productions, Mardumak Media & Giusy Naitana

Writer: Diana Saqeb Jamal

Cast: Roqia Rasuli, Asadullah Rasuli, Gavhar Taj Salmanian, Qorban Ali Salmanian

Post Production: Soheil Flumme Ozlati, Jacques Pedersen, Preston Kaipo Drake-Hillyard, Giusy Naitana
Music : Tin Soheili

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 Bio: Diana Saqeb Jamal was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She started her filmmaking journey as a documentary filmmaker. Her first documentary TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT played a strong role in changing the European military policy to more human rights policy in Afghanistan. Her documentary film MOHTARAMA (2013) about Afghan women movement won several awards including the best documentary at Yamagata International Film Festival. She is dedicated and passionate to tell stories about her homeland, Afghanistan, a country which is war-torn and whose children are traumatized in the face of violence. ROQAIA (2019) is her debut short film, selected in the Orizzonti section of the 76th Venice International Film Festival where it had it's world premiere.