Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat will give a master class on September 21 as part of the 69th edition of Spain’s San Sebastian Festival. The conversation, moderated by the programmer and film critic Irati Crespo, will focus on the challenges faced by a female director in Afghanistan as part of the festival’s Thought and Discussion section.
Thought and Discussion, the cross-cutting area at San Sebastian Festival, seeks to find answers to the challenges faced by international festivals and contemporary cinematic culture by means of proposals distributed throughout the year.
Shahrbanoo Sadat's debut film, Wolf and Sheep (2016), was selected and awarded at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, as was her second film, the sequel The Orphanage (2019). The films of Shahrbanoo Sadat, the youngest director to have been selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation script residency, have also been programmed at festivals around the world, including Rotterdam, Locarno, Busan, Chicago and London.
Sadat recently won the Baumi Development Award for her project Kabul Jam – worth $20,000 – which was presented at the Berlinale earlier this year. Her new film is a romantic drama and is about a woman who falls in love with a married man twice her age. Against the backdrop of a violent city and a strict Islamic society, where war is part of everyday life, the lovers have to find ways of meeting each other. The film is set to be produced by Germany’s Adomeit Film and the filmmaker’s Afghanistan outfit Wolf Pictures.