Afghan film Sang-e Saboor received top gong of best feature film at the 5th international ‘Didor’ Film Festival held in Tajikistan on the weekend for its heart-breaking portrayal of a woman struggling to care for a husband seriously wounded in battle.
The feature film Sang-e Saboor (The Patience Stone), produced by Atiqullah Rahimi, depicts the life of an Afghan woman whose husband is paralyzed after he was hit with a bullet in his neck during the civil war and who has also lost his ability to talk.
Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Javedan, Massi Morowat and Hassina Burganm, the film explores the woman’s trials and tribulations as she takes care of her husband in his much-changed state.
The film has also been selected as Afghanistan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
The Afghan film Nasima impressed in the short film category but was beaten by Russian filmmaker Shota Gamisoniya for his film “The Sea of Wishes”.
Nasima, produced by young Afghan film-maker Sahra Karimi, portrays the memories of a young Afghan woman who travelled to Europe.
Didor was first inaugurated in 2004 as a Persian film festival, but gradually expanded its range to include films from the Middle East, Russia, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Australia, and several European countries.