Wajma, An Afghan Love Story
It's snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a 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. After Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and word of their dalliance gets out. Her father must decide between his culturally held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter.
"A more complex and nuanced portrait of contemporary dating and the role of women in middle-class Afghanistan than we've been permitted to see before onscreen... Beginning his story as an intimate romance, filmmaker Barmak Akram shifts the focus to the volatility in Wajma's home after her secret is divulged..."
Sundance Film Festival
Cast: Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Habibi, Hadji Gul, Breshna Bahar
Screenplay: Barmak Akram
Director of Photography: Barmak Akram
Film Editor: Hervé De Luze, Isabelle Ingold, Barmak Akram
Composer: Barmak Akram
Production Designer: Barmak Akram
Costume Design: Zolaykha Sherzad
Sound: Barmak Akram
Producer: Barmak Akram
Production Company: Kabouli Film
World Sales: Doc & Film International
Director: Barmak Akram