Featured alongside a fantastic line up of national and international films in Sydney Film Festival’s 61st annual program is Love Marriage in Kabul, screening on Saturday 14 June, 6.30pm at Event Cinema, George Street, Sydney.
This Australian documentary follows the incredible journey of Australian-Afghan Mahboba Rawi as she passionately challenges old traditions to make a love marriage happen in Kabul.
Love Marriage in Kabul is Amin Palangi’s first feature documentary. An Australian-Iranian director and AFTRS graduate, Amin and has been working on the film with his wife, Sanaz Fotouhi, since 2009. They hope it will bring a new light to what life is like in Afghanistan, and promote awareness of the great work of Mahboba’s Promise.
Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman who has dedicated her life to helping orphans in Afghanistan. She is the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, and a mother figure to thousands of orphans and widows supported by her programs. One of these orphans, Abdul, is in love with Fatemeh, the girl next door. The two have been exchanging romantic letters for almost a year and hope to marry one day. But Fatemeh’s father has other plans – he has decided to marry her off to anyone who can offer a large sum of money as her dowry. Devastated, Abdul hopes Mahboba will help him when she returns to Kabul for her annual visit. When Mahboba hears the story, she is very concerned about Abdul and Fatemeh’s fate, and is determined to make their marriage happen. However, Fatemeh’s father makes demands beyond anyone’s expectations. He won’t let the marriage take place unless Mahboba pays him $10,000 or finds his eldest son a wife who can take care of the household when Fatemeh marries. Mahboba has a month to make it happen.
Completed with Screen Australia’s signature documentary funding, Love Marriage in Kabul has been selected to compete in the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, which has a $10,000 prize.