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Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

  • Directed by Barmak Akram
  • Afghanistan, 2013, 85 mins., Arabic/Farsi/Dari

It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a bright, pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. When Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and as word of their forbidden dalliance gets out, her father must decide between his culturally-held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter. Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), its title deliberately sardonic, takes an unblinking and unapologetic look at the modern reality of women caught in situations from which there is no escape. “Akram plays out this contemporary morality tale in a lean, efficient style…. A minor revelation.”—The Hollywood Reporter. This year’s Afghan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Genres: Romance, Drama