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Interview with Barmak Akram for Wajma in competition at Amazonas

INTERVIEW WITH BARMAK AKRAM , FILM DIRECTOR WAJMA , A HISTORY OF LOVE AFGHAN
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Movies Afghans are quite rare for a Western audience . There is something miraculous in making a film like Wajma ?
 
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It is very difficult to gather all financial recurços for a film made in Afghanistan , mainly because of insurance which are really very expensive , because it is considered as a country at war , very dangerous , like Iraq for example.
On the other hand , have a team of professionals Afghan mission was virtually impossible in a country where war has devastated entire higher education and interest in the film . For my first film , Kabuli Kid , we brought a team of professionals French and Iranians .
In the case of Wajma I realisei it would be difficult to make the film under the same conditions as the first. After a while , I ended up running out of patience : as I have a training cameraman , I bought a camera and a computer . I went to Kabul uninsured and filmed Wajma .
 
question
What is the origin and intention with this story ?
 
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In 2010 , I made a documentary about the hospital of burn patients in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan , where there are over 272 cases repertoriados immolation . When I researched about the reasons for these immolations , which were learned because of love stories that ended badly, early marriages , forced , or stories of impossible love . From an ethical point of view , I felt obligated to defend or at least make the desperate cries of these women are heard .
With Wajma , I wanted to talk about a love story Afghan et show how society can interfere with the relationship of a couple. The story is quite simple: Wajma a 20 year old girl falls in love with a boy of 25 years. They come hidden , are negligent , go wandering the city are immersed in a platonic love story , especially for her, until she finds out she is pregnant , and they are not married . The romantic story turns into tragedy when the father of Wajma learns that she is pregnant .
 
question
The conflict between tradition - enracinado so heavily on Afghan society - and modernity in his film has a face : that of the main couple . These are realistic character of Afghan society ?
 
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Early in the film , there is a drift , and a denial of the rules of society . Blinded by love , the couple forgets that religion forbids any kind of physical relationship before marriage . The couple's relationship is only possible because the father works in the South . When the cat is away, the mice dansam . The weight of tradition is played by the father. He leads the couple and this love story to the darkest depths . Modernity began in Afghanistan , but she is decelerated by tradition and religion.
There are several " Wajma " in the country . Wajma is a film based on several true stories , though not end so well as Wajma .
 
question
Back to the point of view of the spectator , I imagine that one of the characteristics that can most sorpreender this film is the role of women in Afghan society . With Wajma you intend to do away with the clichés or simply tell a love story so honest with reality ?
 
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Both ! Principalement , I wanted to talk about a story about ordinary people , anti - heroes , ending clichés reducers Afghan woman hidden under a burka , as if she were a wailing wall . I wanted to show that there are other women or girls in this country , liberated , emancipated , knowing that they have rights !
 
question
His film was very well received at festivals and received awards . You can say it's something our extraordinary for a movie " house made" ?
 
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Yes, it was a big surprise ! I started this film with my own means , resources . I came to Kabul with a first edition / assembly in Paris and I continued with the best film editors : Hervé de Luze and Isabelle Ingold . Gradually , the film had increasingly better looking thanks to these great editors who believed in the film from the beginning .
Then send the film in September 2012 to Sundance and they accepted . Proceeded rapidly to post -production . For this, I had some debts to accumulate more because I had no more money.
I do not expect to have the prize of the best scenario ! This launched the movie career since he was selected in the programming of ACID at Cannes in 2013 et Wajma is today Afghanistan for Oscars 2014 !
 
question
Tell us something about Wajma et Mustafa , who are an important part of the success of the film . How did you work with them ?
 
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Working with actors was central . As I did not have a great team and that the material was not super professional as Hollywood movies , the job of directing the actors was realistic and very important for me and the film .
I was very lucky to meet the Wajma and Mustafa . They are part of the theater company that Ariane Mnouchkine inaugurated in Afghanistan in 2005 . They came to France in 2010 and studied at the National School of Theatre in Lyon . When they have just left school , I proposed to them to make the film et went together to Kabul .
This movie would not exist without the Wajma and without the help of his mother and his family , as well Wajma filmed at home . As Mustafa knew well Wajma , they learned to work together quickly. He also did the makeup !

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