Afghan Film Wins Sundance Screenwriting Award



Afghan film Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) Sunday won the 2013 Sundance Award for screenwriting in the World Cinema, Dramatic category.

Directed by Barmak Akram, the drama film plots the story of the relationship between an Afghan waiter Mustafa and a woman Wajma who struggle with their love that seems to contradict Afghan culture and customs.

After Wajma falls pregnant to Mustafa, the film explores the cultural pressures on Wajma's family, namely her father, to uphold the family honour.

Film director and producer Barmak Akram, born in 1966 in Kabul and now based in France, wrote the screenplay and was also involved in writing the score. He has made numerous short films and features, amid his other work as a musician and songwriter, while crossing between his two worlds of Paris and Afghanistan.

The grand jury prize – or best film - for World Cinema, Dramatic went to a Korean film Jisuel which was set during the 1948 Jeju Massacre in Korea, and tells the story of some 120 villagers who hid in a cave for 60 days from soldiers who were under shoot-to-kill orders.

Sundance Film Festival ran from January 17-27. It has been held since 1991 in Park City, Utah with the aim of supporting independent filmmakers.

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